QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT UNIT

THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, AKURE

(Office of the Vice Chancellor)

QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT UNIT

ACTIVITIES OF THE QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT UNIT

Brief History

Hitherto, the Quality Assurance Unit of the University had the responsibilities to manage and oversee quality enhancement and control processes in the University. However, on 27th March 2014, new members of the Committee was inaugurated and in May 2018, a full-fledged Directorate was established under the guidance of Professor B.O. Adewuyi. The upgrade was necessitated by the expansion of the roles of the Committee. Professor B.O. Adewuyi who was also the extant chairperson of the Committee, became the first director of the Quality Assurance Management Unit. The Directorate started operation with fifteen Terms of Reference which were broadly centered on capacity building of staff, self-evaluation, evaluation of academic activities and setting of standards, monitoring of service delivery and infrastructure, developing periodic reports for university management consideration and making recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor.

Overview of the Unit

The Directorate of Quality Assurance Management was established to ensure efficient, constant monitoring and execution of service delivery in the University. The chief goal of the Directorate is to nudge the Institution towards global competitiveness and excellence. As the University and her various operational units continue to strive to meet set quality standards, the Directorate provides support by monitoring, evaluating and assessing the inputs, processes and outputs of the system through internal and external quality assurance practices. Quality Assurance (QA) Policy and Structure Framework cover all service delivery as applied to teaching and non-teaching staff, physical structures and all academic programmes.

Two associate Directors, Mrs. O.O. Okere (Infrastructure, Evaluation and Assessment) and Dr. O.O. Daramola (Capacity Building, Auditing and Training) support the management of the Directorate. Since its existence, the Directorate has been involved in several successful projects and activities such as providing support towards an improved webometric rank since 2018, regular onboarding, pedagogy workshops and other capacity building trainings, organizing management retreats, monitoring and inspection (of physical facilities, lecture delivery, compliance with lecture timetable and examination conduct), support for NUC and professional accreditations, developing the e-learning capacity of the institution through training and recommendations, automating evaluation tools and, developing/enforcing compliance with standards and benchmarks for the University.

Highlight of the key Activities of Quality Assurance Management Unit since November, 2019 to September 2021

  • Sensitization Training Program on Virtual Lecture Delivery
  • Survey on Academic Staff Online Teaching Experience
  • Orientation Training for Deans, Directors, Head of Units, Newly Employed and Promoted/Upgraded Staff: Improving Public and Academic Ratings in the 21st Century University
  • Monitoring of University Facilities/Infrastructure; Lecturers’ Evaluation and Students’ Evaluation of Service Delivery/ Performance
  • Development of Quality Assurance Handbook
  • Providing support towards an improved Webometric Ranking
  • Ascertaining and monitoring the extent of the University’s compliance with NUC’s directive on Quality Assurance and ensuring quality and professionalism in University administration
  • Monitoring constantly and ensure that the University’s academic and administrative structures are established and maintained within the required academic and professional standards; Providing NUC and professional accreditation support to all Departments in the University
  • Development and keeping in constant review processes and benchmarks for assessing and upgrading quality in teaching, research and management of University affairs
  • Co-ordination of the activities of the Quality Assurance Committee in the Schools, Departments, Centres and Units
  • Development and Keeping in constant review institutional monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Constant assessment of academic research projects in relation to the level of funding