Assessing Quality Assurance for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Malaysia: Reflecting on its Policy and Processes
Abu Bakar Nordin, Norlidah Alias & Saedah Siraj
Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Abstract: The rapid expansion of higher education systems and globalization have placed demands on effective mechanisms for professional recognition of higher education credentials. Despite differences in the size and stage of development of their higher education sectors, many governments have found traditional academic controls inadequate for facing today's challenges. Organizations such as the European Commission (OECD) have made calls for new structures and approaches to quality assurance. Malaysia also has embarked on new quality assurance initiatives such as the Malaysian Qualification Framework, implementation of ISO 9001 Standard in higher education institutions, and intensifying collaboration with professional bodies. At the heart of QA is the issue of the quality of teaching and learning. In the Code of Practice of Institutional Audit (COPIA) and Code of Practice of Programme Accreditation implemented by the Malaysia Qualification Agency, teaching and learning has received extensive attention. This paper reviews the current status of national policy and processes for QA in teaching and learning, the extent of policy implementation, the processes implemented including assessment practices, recent trends and areas of emerging consensus as well as issues likely to shape policy over the next decade, and finally offers recommendations for effecting improvement and change in teaching and learning.
[Abu Bakar Nordin, Norlidah Alias & Saedah Siraj. Assessing Quality Assurance for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Malaysia: Reflecting on its Policy and Processes. Life Sci J 2013; 10(1):1222-1232] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Keywords: Assessing Quality Assurance, Higher Education in Malaysia, Quality Assurance Policy and Processes, Quality Assurance for Teaching and Learning.