EVALUATION OF THE QUALITY
Quality education must be understood as a multidimensional and contextual process which covers proceedings like the access to education, the learning and teaching process and the results deduced from this procedure. All this can be strongly influenced by the context, the available resources and the administration of the latter.
The relevance of the external evaluation of quality education consists in the necessity of giving advice and orientation to the educational institutions with the objective of improving the criteria and quality of the training programmes and degrees offered. The development of internal quality strategies of control carried out by these institutions is of vital importance to fulfill this aim, which exposes the necessity of establishing a close relationship between assessors and assessed institutions.
In ICEEX we have developed validation tools of item achievement submitted to the judgment of a Committee of Experts in charge of determining to what extent the items of each tool is representative.
The items to be validated are the following:
- Management of the centre: The training programmes are characterized by being flexible as regards the way of execution depending on the particular circumstances of each student, offering the possibility to divide the payment of the registration taxes. Likewise they dispose of one Virtual Educational Platform from where the students can get all the educational material needed and a quality certification stamp of the centre.
- Specialization of the educational offer: The training offer has been approved by a university and it is oriented to the specialization of professionals in a specific sector. This offer expects to give answers to the working necessities of the present-day working market.
- Teaching-staff and tutoring: The teachers-tutors have the university diplomas required to teach the offered training programmes and tutor every single doubt the students may have about the contents.
- Structure of the programmes: The contents of the training programmes have been previously updated and contrasted and they are structured in modules which in turn are made up of different subjects. At the end of each module the students will have to do a project to evaluate the acquired knowledge and skills.
- Assessment system: The practical examples and exercises of the training programmes are aimed at assessing the mastery of the contents and also the objectives which the students are expected to achieve. In the end of the academic year they will receive a certificate with all the marks obtained throughout the programme as well as the final mark, which will be established bearing in mind the combination of the completed evaluations which appear in this certificate.
- Degree granted: When the students complete the training programme, they will receive a degree or certificate by a university with all the guarantees which this entails, it will be properly signed by the agents or appropriate representatives and stamped by the university in charge of issuing this degree. Before beginning the training programme the students will get, if they request it, a sample of the degree or certificate with the same characteristics of the one they will receive when finishing their studies.