HEQCIS Year-end Arrangements
Friday, December 6, 2019

We will be taking a break from 20 December 2019 to 01 January 2020 (inclusive), returning on 02 January 2020.

The Council of Higher Education is responsible for auditing the quality assurance mechanisms of higher education institutions, in accordance with the Higher Education Act (No. 101 of 1997). Between 2004 and 2011 the CHE implemented the first cycle of institutional audits where all public HEIs and 11 private HEIs underwent institutional audits. In 2018, the HEQC closed the last remaining institutional audit from the first cycle. 

Reports from the first cycle of audits, together with a detailed analysis of student throughput rates, showed that a system-wide focus on teaching and learning at higher education institutions was needed. In 2014 the CHE launched the Quality Enhancement Project in order to improve student success across the higher education system through both individual institutional and collaborative activities and interventions across the sector and with the Department of Higher Education and Training. The QEP was concluded in 2018 in order to make way for the reintroduction of institutional audits.

In 2016, following the decision by the Council, the CHE started to develop a framework for the next round of institutional audits. The draft Framework was approved by the HEQC, and noted by Council, in 2018 for piloting in 2019. 3 institutions (2 public and 1 private) were requested and agreed to participate in the pilots, with the aim of testing the effectiveness of the new institutional audits approach. The outcomes and lessons from the pilot audits, scheduled for March 2019, will be used to refine the Framework before the full sector-wide rollout of institutional audits.








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