Internal Peer Review of the Faculties’ Quality Assurance Systems
The University of Copenhagen conducted an internal peer review of the faculties’ quality-assurance systems and their quality-assurance work in the period February–March 2014. The idea was to ensure that the University as a whole meets the requirements of the guidance on institutional accreditation and to make the University’s quality-assurance work more coherent.
University Education Services (US) and the user group for institutional accreditation convened a series of meetings and faculty visits and agreed on a concept for internal peer review.
In each faculty, US and the user group met with representatives of programme management (e.g. the head of studies and the associate dean for education) and quality-assurance staff.
Prior to the visits, the faculties filled in a form indicating whether they met the requirements outlined in the guidance on institutional accreditation and the requirements outlined in the University of Copenhagen’s policy for quality assurance. On the form, the faculties listed the procedures implemented, and indicated to what extent they were in accordance with recommended practice. The faculties were also asked to provide examples of good practice and identify areas in need of improvement.
Based on the form and its own observations, US submitted a number of comments to the faculty in advance of each visit. During the visits, the strengths and weaknesses of existing practices were discussed.
After each visit, US drew up a number of follow-up points for the faculty, i.e. proposals and recommendations for how the faculty could improve its quality-assurance system.
After the final visit, US reported on the status of the process of internal peer review and presented the key points about the faculties’ existing quality-assurance systems to Academic Board on Education Strategy (KUUR).
In the light of the follow-up work, the faculties adjusted their existing quality-assurance systems. By the end of June 2014, they informed US of the changes made, and when these had been implemented.