THE NEED TO MANDATE STUDENT’S ENGAGEMENT IN ALL QUALITY ENHANCEMENT & QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCESSES IN SAUDI HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTES
King Saud University (SAUDI ARABIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:This study is related to the students’ participation in quality enhancement and quality assurance processes, which is not restricted to representation of the student view through formal representation mechanisms. It includes student engagement at undergraduate and postgraduate level, regardless of location, mode of study, teaching strategies, or discipline; it also puts in perspective the importance of the environment for student engagement. Student participation and engagement at the decision-making or governance level is valuable for both students themselves and their institutions. In Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the higher education institutes are still not engaging students in any formal representation with the exception of some negligible activities where they may have the students attend some of the top administration councils with restricted contribution to these forums. At the colleges levels there is a Student Consultation Council (SCC) for students; where a limited number of student represent the whole student body, but it does not quite serves the purpose of what we are anticipating through student engagement. There are some efforts in bringing this idea in the institutes but it had not reached the desired level yet.
The main aim of this study is to focus on two major areas: the first aim is to emphasize the importance of Student Engagement (SE) in quality enhancement and quality assurance processes in Saudi high education institutes. The second aim is to improve students' motivation to get involved in teaching and learning effectively. The concept of student engagement for decades, has evolved meaning with time, were applied to the following: time spent on a task; quality of effort; student involvement; social and academic integration; good practices in education; and learning outcomes.
Hint 1: Higher education institutes, in partnership with students, identify and promote the range of opportunities for any student to engage in educational Enhancement and quality assurance.
Hint 2: Higher education institutes create and maintain an environment within which students and staff engage in discussions that aim to bring about demonstrable enhancement of the educational experience.
Hint 3: Higher education institutions have to ensure that representatives of the students and staff Access to training continued support to be able to perform roles in Promote education and quality assurance effectively.
Hint 4: Students and staff participate in discussions based on evidence for exchange information.
Hint 5: The staff and students disseminate the results of the improvements participate, including the educational experience for students, and the students' efforts to achieve these successes.
Hint 6: The effectiveness of student engagement is monitored and reviewed at least annually, using pre-defined key performance indicators, and policies and processes are enhanced where required.
The need to consider structures, policies, strategies, and how the concept of the university itself of the way they are marketed to the methods that are collected student feedback, analysis and use; strategy of education in the university, to the way academics interact with students, of content the curriculum and wide in many areas for students how you can actively engage with each of them, learning through investigation and challenge. We need to bring up the importance of the dissemination of this culture/practice in our HE institutes to DMs.
Keywords: Quality enhancement, Quality assurance, Student partnership, evidence based, environment, motivation.