About the Department of Quality Assurance
STIC’s Department of Quality Assurance is responsible for the development and implementation of quality assurance processes and procedures.
The department strives to provide support to academic staff to continuously enhance and support student academic development.
Our role includes the development and implementation of quality assurance processes for:
- curriculum approval and modification
- annual monitoring and periodic review
- student feedback collection and data processing
- teacher training and skills development
How is quality assured and enhanced?
Thailand’s System of Educational Quality Assurance can be categorised in two systems:
A) Internal Quality Assurance System
Internal quality assurance is a system and mechanism for developing, auditing, and assessing the operation of institutions according to the policies, objectives, and quality levels established by the institutions themselves or by their parent organizations.
B) External Quality Assurance System
External quality assurance is an education quality assessment which monitors and verifies the education quality and standards of institutions based on the intentions, rationales, and approaches of education management at each level. The Office for National Education and Quality Assessment (Public Organization) or ONESQA is in charge of the external quality.
The Higher Education Standards, published by the Ministry of Education on August 7, 2006, defines 3 standards:
- the Standard for the Quality of Graduates
- the Standard for Higher Education Administration
- the Standard for Establishing and Developing a Knowledge-based and Learning-based Society
These standards are related respectively to 3 National Education Standards which are:
- Standard 1: Desirable Characteristics of Thai People as Citizens and Members of the World Community
- Standard 2: Guidelines for Education Management
- Standard 3: Guidelines for Creating a Learning/Knowledge-based Society
In addition to the Higher Education Standards, which are the primary set standards, the Commission on Higher Education has established the Higher Education Institution Standards, announced in 2008, for the development of groups of higher education institutions with varied philosophies, objectives, and missions might proceed effectively and efficiently.
There are 2 main standards:
- the Standard for the Capability and Readiness of Education Management
- the Standard for Higher Education Institutional Operation
The Thai Qualification Framework (TQF) for Higher Education was formulated in 2009 with the aim of assuring the quality of graduates at all educational levels and in all disciplines. The quality of graduates at all degree levels and in all disciplines must meet learning outcome standards that cover at core 5 areas:
- Morality and Ethics
- Intellectual Skills
- Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility
- Skills in Quantitative Analysis, Communication, and Information Technology usage