CINDA GOT TO KNOW THE QUALITY OF OUR ACADEMIC WORK
VICE PRESIDENT GILDA CARRASCO TALKED ABOUT THE VAST EXPERIENCE OF OUR ACADEMIC INSTITUTION IN QUALITY ASSURANCE AT A MEETING, IN URUGUAY.
May 18, 2016
The role of the academic community in the ongoing process of quality assurance was one of the aspects addressed by Vice President Gilda Carrasco at the meeting held at the Catholic University of Uruguay, in the context of the annual activities of the University Development Center (Cinda).
On this occasion, the meeting gathered the Academic Vice Presidents network from the universities that are members of that organization. It was the ninth meeting to advance on the issues included in its agenda, which includes areas such as internationalization, equity and quality in education, virtual education, college pedagogy and curriculum innovation.
Academic Vice Presidents from Cinda universities are part of one of the specialized network from that organization that meet every year and have the support of the Center’s Executive Management to carry out the agreed actions.
At the conference in Montevideo, the Vice President opened the oral session’s panel with the topic of "Quality Assurance of the Academic Work at the Universidad de Talca - Chile".
In her talk, she highlighted "the role of the community" in quality assurance in the different dimensions of the academic work. In this regard, she expressed that "nearly twenty years of a policy on individual self-assessment, the importance of qualification and the identification of criteria of academic dimension and their impact on the development of the institution".
It should be noted that the system of quality assurance is in place in Chile since 2006, but already in the 90's the Universidad de Talca began to address this issue, which was implicit in the first institutional strategic plan, started in 1996. Gilda Carrasco said that the policy of quality in our Academic Institution "is an attribute that must be present in all actions of the institutional work and is associated with excellence and with internal and external consistency". In the same sense, she pointed out that quality assurance has to do with evaluation, systemic look and accountability. In the intervention of the academic authority it was also made clear that it is only possible to achieve the expected goals of quality if there are committed and skilled human resources.
She also talked about the pursuit of excellence assumed by the University and its expression in institutional practices concerning aspects such as training and recruitment, development of graduate and research policies.
The Vice President said that "in this meeting it was generated a favorable space for reflection and ideas and experiences exchange from the different universities". After the talk, both Gilda Carrasco and the Director of Institutional Accreditation, Patricia González, answered a series of questions addressed to them.
Professor González explained that general comments on topics such as internationalization, virtual education and University social responsibility also emerged, but always under quality parameters.
After the Vice Presidents meeting, an International Seminar on Higher Education Quality was held, in which the presidents of the Cinda member universities participated.