The quality improvement work rests on the university's main commission: to provide education on undergraduate as well as post-graduate level, to conduct research and provide research programmes of high quality and collaborate with the surrounding community.
Quality in education and research
Quality improvement work includes many dimensions and is a continuous process. The focus of the quality improvement work at University West is on the area of educational quality; how frames and conditions for how our main process, the student's path through university and studies, can be quality assured. The staff's skill and knowledge is a key factor here, together with the ability of the educational organization and support functions to facilitate the main process.
The Undergraduate Education and Research Council is responsible for quality within education and research at the university. In the Undergraduate Education and Research Council programme syllabi are established and the council has also approved a collection of documents outlining guidelines for quality assurance of main subjects for Bachelor's and Master's subjects as well as course evaluations.
The Teacher Education Council establishes the programme syllabi and syllabi for the teacher education programmes.
Follow-ups and evaluations are central in the quality of work surrounding the education. Several programme evaluations are performed annually.
Evaluation of education
In the strategic quality improvement work, methods for systematic quality work are used, for example follow-ups, evaluations and revisions of functions and activities. This can for example be:
- Peer review. Comparisons with institutions of higher education both inside and outside of the country made by international experts or by participating in international development projects.
- Self-evaluations in forms of activity reports, annual reports.