Quality in Higher Education

QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICE

The quality assurance and development in science and higher education is regulated by the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education (Official Gazette no. 45/09).

According to the Ordinance on the organization and operation of the Quality Assurance System at the Department of Biology the aim of the quality assurance system in higher education is defining and monitoring the quality indicators as well as the establishment and implementation of activities and procedures for promotion and assurance of quality in the functioning of all structures (management board, teachers, professional associates and laboratory technicians, administrative offices, quality management bodies and students)

More on quality assurance system in available on the web page of Quality Assurance Center of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

In compliance with the Ordinance quality assurance system at the Department of Biology is composed of: Quality Assurance Committee and Quality Assurance Office.

Mision

  • developing and promoting a culture of quality at the University (system recognized in its own environment – academic, non-academic community)

Vision

  • strong quality management system independent of the University Management Board, unique system that permeates all University units (all stakeholders systematically work to improve a culture of quality)

Values

  • open cooperation between quality management system bodies – Quality Assurance Board, Quality Assurance Center (responsibility in work, enthusiasm, desire for improvement, trust)
  • academic integrity, commitment and openness to the academic community
  • lifelong education of quality management system stakeholders
  • open cooperation between bodies involved in quality assurance system – Committee for quality, Centre for quality assurance (responsibility in work, enthusiasm, wish for improvement, trust)
  • academic integrity, commitment and openness to the academic community
  • lifelong learning of stakeholders of quality assurance system.

 

Quality Assurance Committee

Quality Assurance Committee is a professional body established by Department Council in accordance with Ordinance on the organization and operation of the Quality Assurance System at the Department of Biology.

Quality Assurance Committee coordinates and implements internal evaluation procedures, develops institutional mechanisms for ensuring, improving and promoting quality at the Department and with professional assistance of the Head of the Quality Assurance Office of the Department makes an annual and long-term plan of activities according to the Ordinance on Establishment and Function of Quality Assurance System at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek.

Thus, the Committee participates in preparing of The Strategic Plan of the Department of Biology and Self-evaluation. It develops quality indicators, participates in monitoring the quality of implementation of study programs, analyses successfulness of the studying and causes of poor quality, inefficient and too long studying, analyses competences of teachers and conducts various additional activities to improve the quality.

The Committee consists of seven members including three members representatives of teaching staff, one member representative of assistants, one member representative of students and two members representatives of external stakeholders.