Quality of teaching

Ensuring Quality is an indispensable process that involves all those who work in the University: each individual's progress benefits the entire University and stimulates the healthy confrontation that we must strive for in order to make the social role played by the University effective and concrete.

‘QUALITY ASSURANCE’ means:

  • defining quality policies in tune and synergy with the University's strategic directions and reliable and robust procedures through which the governing bodies can implement them;
  • implementing activities to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in all the University's internal processes, first and foremost in the service of the quality of education and research;
  • creating awareness in all those who work in the University so that everyone's tasks are carried out competently and promptly, the services provided are effective, and a record is kept of what has been done to monitor and measure results.

For more information on Quality Assurance, please consult this page: https://www.unipr.it/AQ

Student Opinion Survey Questionnaire (OPIS)

The student opinion survey questionnaire (OPIS) is a tool designed to detect student opinion in order to improve teaching, quality and the organisation of study courses and forms an integral part of the evaluation system.

For students, this is an important opportunity to make their voice heard and to actively participate in the life of their course of study, as a guarantee of better Quality Assurance: for this reason, the University recommends its timely and accurate compilation.

More information on the OPIS questionnaires can be found on the following page: https://www.unipr.it/didattica/i-corsi-di-studio/compilazione-del-questionario-di-valutazione-della-didattica-line

Organisation and responsibility for Course QA

Quality Assurance of degree courses is a constituent element of the management, monitoring and measurement of the dynamics governing teaching, knowledge and know-how.

Degree courses, in particular, are at the heart of the educational mission of higher education institutions. They are designed through the design of one or more output figures, defined through the identification of their scientific, cultural and/or professional characteristics and, consistently, of the training paths leading to the acquisition of the specific knowledge and skills associated with the output profiles.

Course design must involve students and external stakeholders most appropriate to the character and objectives of the course.
The external stakeholders of the study course include all the actors and organisations and institutions potentially interested in the cultural and professional profile of the graduates designed by the study course (organisations representing the production of goods and services, the professions and/or - if considered relevant to the project - scientific societies, research centres, academic and cultural institutions of national or international relevance, etc.).
Where functional for the proposed project, stakeholders may be represented by a Steering Committee, consisting of a representation of the Department's instructors and representatives from the world of work, culture and research representing the stakeholders of one or more degree courses.

The degree courses should be constantly updated, reflecting the most advanced knowledge in the disciplines, also with a view to the continuation of studies in subsequent cycles, ensuring interchange with the world of research and the world of work.
 

Degree Course:
Course Council (CC) - Steering Committee (SC) - Review Group (RG) - Quality Assurance Manager (QAM).

For the composition of the QA bodies of the degree course, please refer to the dedicated web page on the degree course portal (see link below).

For the purposes of Quality Assurance, the degree course is required to:

  • apply, as far as it is concerned, the policies and general guidelines for quality established by the governing bodies;
     
  • carry out self-assessment and review of its training and the management of the degree course on the basis of the analyses reported in the annual report of the CPDS and the data provided by ANVUR, the Evaluation Board and the Organisational Unit (O.U.) Management Control, also comparing itself with similar degree course with a view to benchmarking;
     
  • promote continuous improvement and assess its effectiveness;
     
  • implement the evaluation of teaching in accordance with the University's arrangements.

The Course Council, through its President, is also responsible for the information reported in the ANVUR documents (SAS-degree course, Annual Monitoring Form, Cyclic Review Report).
To this end, the degree course has set up a Review Group (RG),which

  • is composed of figures within the degree course itself, able to contribute to the evaluation of the course from different points of view (instructors, technical-administrative staff, students);
  • consists of the president of the degree course, the Quality Assurance Manager of the degree course (QAM), a student representative, a Manager for the Quality of Education of the Department of the degree course, at least 2 instructors, each representing a class (LM14, LM15);
  • has the task of guiding the student body towards the objective of continuous improvement of its results;
  • manages the self-evaluation process, i.e. the process by which the degree course monitors its own performance and assesses its own results, also in accordance with the guidelines established by ANVUR.

The Steering Committee, which is composed of the PCdS and representatives from the world of work, ensures constant liaison with the world of business and the world of work, in order to assess the progress of the degree course, to draw up proposals for the definition and design of the course catalogue and the learning objectives, and to promote contacts for possible student internships in companies and institutions.

During the self-assessment, the RG examines everything that may contribute to the degree course result analysis, and in particular:

  • the annual report provided by the reference Intructors-Students Joint Committee;
  • the report from Evaluation Committee;
  • the progress ot the student careers;
  • the availability of the context services (tutoring, internationalisation, guidance, internships etc.);
  • the consultation with the socio-economic system of reference (including the Steering Committee, sector studies, specific meetings with the social partners);
  • the availability of resources (human and infrastructural);
  • student opinion on teaching, the organisation of the degree course and the training pathway;
  • any other information provided by the QAM, the Education Manager and the Coordinator/Manager for the Quality Assurance Office.

The work of the RG takes the form of the compilation of an Annual Monitoring Form and the drafting of the Cyclical Review Report, which is discussed within the Council of the relevant degree course and forwarded to the PQA and the University Evaluation Committee.

Finally, the Quality Assurance Manager (QAM) has the function of monitoring and verifying the correct implementation of the improvement actions approved by the Course Councile. The QAM is identified from among the Instructors of the Degree course.

For the purposes of didactic organisation and QA, the QA structures of the degree course liaise with the QA bodies of the Department (see https://dusic.unipr.it/it/dipartimento/qualita-di-dipartimento)

Work scheduling and implementation deadlines for initiatives

The quality assurance of the degree course consists in the implementation of the QA Model proposed and coordinated by the Quality Presidium and in the planning and implementation of corrective actions, the effectiveness of which is assessed annually through the analysis of indicator trends in the Annual Monitoring Form and, in depth, periodically in the Cyclic Review Report.

Corrective actions under the control of the Department and/or the degree course are planned according to the organisational and management arrangements of the Department and/or the degree course and are coordinated and monitored by the Quality Assurance Manager (QAM).

The degree course appoints an internal Review Group (RG) whose activities are as follows:
- annually drafts the SAS-degree course for the following academic year;
- annually drafts the SAS-degree course for the following academic year;
- periodically verifies the status of implementation of the improvement measures proposed in the Cyclical Review Report and assesses the overall progress of students' careers, based on the data provided by ANVUR.

The general planning of QA activities leads to daily contact with student representatives, tutors, instructors and staff in the Academic Office and central offices. In correspondence with deadlines for documents or fulfilments (review, SAS form, beginning and end of semesters, examination and graduation sessions), activities intensify and take the form of drafting texts or collecting information.

Planning entails the following activities and deadlines at degree course level:

  • survey of training demand (involvement of stakeholders): every year by 31 December (see framework A1.b);
  • definition/updating of the training objectives: every year by 31 January;
  • redesigning of the course catalogue: every year, if necessary, within the ministerial deadlines for the modification of the organisational frameworks;
  • harmonisation of the course unit programmes: every year by 31 July;
  • updating of the course units sheets (Syllabus) for the following academic year: every year, normally and unless extended, by 30 June;
  • evaluation, by the QAM, of the students' questionnaires: every year by 31 October; compilation of the SAS-degree course: every year according to ministerial deadlines, normally, unless extended, between the end of May and the beginning of June;
  • compilation of the Annual Monitoring Form: every year by 31 October;
  • meetings of the Review Group, aimed at monitoring actions and proposing improvement initiatives.

 

Single Annual Sheet of degree course

The Single Annual Sheet (SAS) is a functional management tool for the planning, implementation, self-assessment and redesign of the degree course.

The Single Annual Sheets of the degree course (degree course SAS) can be viewed on the ministerial website UNIVERSITALY.

N.B. The interclass degree course: LM14 Modern Philology - LM15 Philology, Literature and History of Antiquity (the indication in the Universitaly tab heading is by mistake limited to LM14 only).