This guide is intended for members of expert commissions (KAZSEE), carrying out institutional accreditation and specialized accreditation of educational programs (EP). This document describes the process of evaluating the organization’s activities and programs of a higher education institution in accordance with KAZSEE standards and procedures.
For successful completion of social and professional accreditation, the activities of an educational organization or educational program must comply with KAZSEE standards. Standards are sent to experts by the KAZSEE accreditation agency, and are also available on the Internet on the KAZSEE website.
The main purpose of institutional accreditation is to obtain confirmation of the readiness of the organization of education to prepare specialists in accordance with modern requirements for specialists and the availability of a system at the university aimed at improving the educational process and educational programs. Also, obtaining confirmation of the readiness of graduates of an accredited educational program for independent professional activity in accordance with modern requirements for specialists.
The KAZSEE accreditation agency is constantly working to improve the accreditation standards and the EP assessment system, using the experience of institutional accreditation and accreditation of educational programs of Kazakhstan and foreign universities, colleges and foreign partners of KAZSEE, attracting observers from the accreditation agencies of the European Union and the Washington Agreement.
Institutional accreditation and specialized accreditation of educational programs consists of three stages, each stage includes several events. The main stages of accreditation are the self-examination of the educational organization and its audit by a group of KAZSEE experts, as well as the decision making by the accreditation agency. The first two stages should help the university or college assess the quality of the educational services provided, understand and outline measures to improve the activities of the university in the provision of educational services, as well as improve the quality of training. KAZSEE proceeds from the fact that the relations of the organization of education – KAZSEE are partnership-oriented and are aimed at achieving high quality training of specialists.
KAZSEE is always open to proposals for improving standards and procedures for institutional accreditation and accreditation of educational programs.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERT COMMISSION
The expert commission consists of experts who are experts in assessing the quality of educational services of the educational organization. One of the experts is appointed by the Accreditation Agency as chairman and fulfills the duties of the head of the expert committee: responsible for preparing the visit, organizing and coordinating the work of experts, responsible for preparing the reporting documents of the commission. The accreditation agency organizes seminars or webinars for the members of the expert commission to clarify the criteria and procedures for institutional and specialized accreditation, as well as theoretical issues, methods and technology for conducting accreditation. Experts are accountable to the team of the educational organization undergoing accreditation and KAZSEE.
Members of the expert committee are required to evaluate:
- mission, goals and strategic objectives of the organization of education;
- educational organization management systems;
- features of the implementation of educational programs;
- the objectives of the educational program and its correlation, with the demands of consumers and the mission of the educational organization;
- the effectiveness of teaching in high school;
- features of working with students and building student-oriented learning;
- research work of the organization of education;
- the adequacy of ways to achieve the goals of the educational program;
- systems of current control over the implementation of educational programs and methods for increasing their effectiveness;
- compliance of the activities of the educational organization in general with the KAZSEE standards.
The expert should:
- have the competence necessary to evaluate the educational program;
- possess all the information regarding the accreditation procedure of KAZSEE;
- respect the leadership, faculty and staff of the educational organization.
ETHICAL KAZSEE EXPERT CODE
The ethical code of the KAZSEE expert establishes the basic rules of conduct to be followed by the expert in order to achieve the best results in assessing the quality of education and improving it. Experts participating in institutional accreditation or audit of an EP are required to comply with high ethical standards:
- the expert should be a professional in one of the areas of training specialists;
- the members of the expert committee are responsible for ensuring the high quality of the accreditation procedure and the compliance of the educational program with the KAZSEE standards;
- members of the expert committee should refrain from actions that impede the objectivity and reliability of the process of evaluating the EP of a higher educational institution or college, namely:
- when appointing for institutional accreditation or accreditation of the educational program of a specific university, college, the expert, in the event of a conflict of interest or affiliation with this university (college), must inform KAZSEE of such facts. Contacts hindering the participation of an expert in accreditation may include: current or former employment in a given educational institution, provision of advisory services on the accreditation process of an evaluated program, former or current negotiations on possible employment, training in a given university (college), financial interests;
- when conducting accreditation, an expert should be removed from meetings and decisions that create a situation of abuse of interests that can affect the objectivity of the process of assessing the quality of the educational program;
- the expert should not accept monetary awards or other gifts from the university undergoing institutional accreditation or accreditation of the educational program;
- experts are independent and impartial in the process of conducting the accreditation procedure. The materials of self-examination of the university (college) is the official opinion of representatives of the university, the task of the experts is to verify the authenticity and completeness of the information provided by the university.
All information and documentation submitted to the agency is confidential and should be used only for its intended purpose, i.e. for institutional accreditation or evaluation and accreditation of educational programs of educational organizations.
- experts are required to comply with confidentiality principles;
- information obtained during the accreditation cannot be transferred to third parties and disclosed without the consent of the educational organization and KAZSEE;
- preparation of the report of the expert committee should take place without the participation of representatives of the educational organization.