Quality Assurance Office
Quality Assurance is continuous improvement of the results of the college activities. Quality is stressed in all of ACTs day to day operation to make sure that these activities are addressing and achieving the goals of the college.
College Quality (College Bylaws Article 57, 93 and 94)
Since Quality is a vital part of the College’s Mission, effective planning and careful implementation, monitoring and reviewing of plans are essential to the creation of a high quality institution. Equally important is the commitment of each staff member to understand the college purpose, see his or her role in relation to the institutional goals, and to do his or her job well and with enthusiasm. By maintaining the college quality assurance process, students, staff and stakeholders can be rest assured that teaching quality remains at its best and that daily activities are done efficiently.
With regards to Accreditation, the Oman Academic Accreditation Council (OAAA) is the entity that disseminates quality culture and accreditation of institutions and programs offered in Oman. (ISAM, page 12). ACT has undergone the first stage Quality Audit in 2010 (QA Audit portfolio) and is now preparing for the 2nd stage, Standards Assessment where the college will be assessed as to whether the applicable standards (of the nine standards) will be met in order to achieve institutional accreditation( ISA Manual). The General Foundation Program (GFP) Standards on the other hand, ensures that the program are of an appropriate quality and are effective in helping the students attain the prescribed student learning outcomes in four areas of skills: English, Mathematics, Computing and General Studies. ( GFP Manual)
The Quality Assurance Office (QAO) follows up the development of the college Self-Assessment for submission in 2019. The college quality enhancement strategy is driven by an annual quality cycle based on Approach, Deployment, Results and Improvement (ADRI) in which all areas of activity are reviewed and are subject to a process of operational planning and plan implementation.
The QAO audit the Cs and Ds and provide guidance to these units. Comprehensive and periodic reports are submitted to the Dean and to the Ministry. To enhance the awareness of staff and students on QA activities, the interactive portal has provided a dedicated section for QA which contains:
Commitment of staff to QA is highly expected by the College Management. Everyone on the team, the Cs and Ds, needs to know and understand the quality process and take part in it. After all, QA is everyone’s job.