|Institutional review aspects|
Institutional review analyses and tests the effectiveness of an AHEI's processes for managing and assuring the quality of academic activities undertaken by it.
It focuses on the powers and responsibilities, which the AHEIs hold for quality and standards. It is concerned with how an AHEI assures itself - and the wider public- that the quality and standards it sets for itself are being achieved.
Institutional review is concerned with institute-wide processes, which support sound quality management and institutional planning to maintain an appropriate environment for teaching, learning and other activities.
The overall purpose of institutional review is to achieve
- accountability for quality and standards
- promote sharing of good practice and
- Facilitate continuous improvement.
This overall purpose can be divided into four specific parts:
a) Confidence: to instill confidence in an institution's capacity to safeguard standards, both internally and externally.
b) Accountability: to achieve accountability through external review
c) Information: to provide systematic, clear and accessible information on the standards and quality claimed by an institution
d) Improvement: to promote improvement by identifying and sharing good practices and encouraging innovation and active use of national and international standards and benchmarks.