Components 1 Regulatory Standards
One of the main responsibilities of the Office of the Higher Education Commission is to propose policies, development plans, and higher education standards that are consistent with National Economic and Social Development Plans and National Education Plans, taking into account the academic independence and excellence of higher education institutions. Standards and various related criteria are set up to support the academic and professional development of higher education institutions, including improving quality and raising the standard of all higher education management to a comparable level. Thus, standards and criteria for various curricular levels have been announced on an ongoing basis. Currently, the Ministry of Education announcement regarding Standard Criteria for Higher Education Curriculum of 2005 is in effect, and it is beneficial in maintaining academic and professional standards as one part of accreditation criteria. All higher education institutions that launch new curricular programs or revise existing curricula must base their curricular development and management on these standard criteria, and remain in compliance with them.
In overseeing and monitoring these standards, the curricular management of all programs of study will be taken into consideration to determine if it complies with the Standard Criteria for Higher Education Curriculum of 2005 and the Thai Qualifications Framework for Higher Education of 2009 throughout the period of time that the curricula are offered. Undergraduate programs will be appraised according to 3 criteria, and graduate programs will be appraised according to 11 criteria, as per the following details.