Guidelines for the Fourth Round EQA for Higher Education
The external quality assessment (EQA) guidelines for higher education institutions (HEIs) developed by ONESQA includes two categories of EQA, namely: 1) “Common Standards”, which are assessed in accordance with the mission and context of HEIs; and 2) “Challenging Standards”, which are criteria for assessing quality at the category of “Challenging Standards”. The second category criteria for EQA intends to encourage the development of academic excellence of HEIs. HEIs can choose to be assessed with one of the two criteria based on potential and voluntary of the assessed institution.
Guidelines for EQA for Higher Education include 5 areas, 11 elements, and 32 issues for consideration as follows:
Common Standards quality assessment
The certification of standards of EQA for HEIs has the procedure to conclude EQA results of the assessed HEI by reflecting the performance of the HEI management in accordance with the context and category of the particular assessed HEI. EQA will also provide recommendations for improvement and development to each issue for consideration. EQA will be based on the judgment on how the assessed HEI’s performances are complying with the higher education standards as follows:
Judgment of EQA results
EQA for higher education for the year 2021 and 2022 will be judgment of the results of performances in various dimensions of HEI to verify whether the assessed HEI’s performances are compliant with the national higher education standards or not. It has following connotations:
- Compliant with national higher education standards means the results of EQA of the assessed HEI meet the national higher education standards.
- Not compliant with the national higher education standards means the results of EQA of the assessed HEI do not meet the national higher education standards.