NEWSROOM

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 steps in the audit process were:

Step 1:

Each HEI submitted a self-evaluation report and audit portfolio, guided by 19 criteria specified by the HEQC.

Step 2:

An audit panel, comprising national and international peers, visited each HEI for several days to interview stakeholders and view facilities and further documentation

Step 3:

An audit report was written and sent to institutions. The audit report included commendations and recommendations for improvement. The audit report was submitted to the Institutional Audits Committee (IAC) and then to the HEQC for approval.

Step 4:

The institution was given 5 months in which to submit an improvement plan that indicated how it planned to address the recommendations. The improvement plan was submitted to the Institutional Audits Committee (IAC) for approval.

Step 5:

The institution was required to submit a progress report within three years of receiving the audit report.  The progress report was submitted to the Institutional Audits Committee (IAC) and then to the HEQC for approval.

Step 6:

Once all the required document were approved by the HEQC, the audit was closed.

In some audits, institutions were required to resubmit their improvement plans, progress reports or both.

New process

The CHE will, in 2019, be piloting the new institutional audits process. 3 higher education institutions have agreed to participate in the pilot audits in order to assist the CHE in testing the effectiveness of and refine the new process. The details on the new process will be contained in the HEQC-approved Framework, which will be shared with the sector.

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