Quality System – SAIQU

Quality Systen – SAIQU

Quality and good practices

The quality system of the Faculty takes as reference the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area developed by the European Association for Quality Assurance of Higher Education (ENQA) and adopted by the ministers of European Education in Bergen  (2005), follows the guidelines established by quality agencies: Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya), National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and Quality Agency for Galician University Studies (AGSUG) in the AUDIT program and meets the requirements of the regulations established in the organization of official university education of the Ministry of Education and Science.

The Faculty's quality system integrates all the activities related to the quality assurance of the degrees and official master’s degrees and deploys the Internal Quality Assurance System (SAIQU) as the instrument that should be used both in the design phase of the teachings as well as the continuous monitoring of these to ensure the achievement of the objectives associated with the formation. Besides, through the SAIQU framework, it also unfolds a system to ensure the quality of the doctorates.

The SAIQU, certified by AQU Catalunya in the framework of the AUDIT program, responds globally to all UB centers and is based on three axes: system planning and documentation, organization of process-based management and the introduction of accountability through the writing of the annual report of the quality of the center. These three axes reflect the result of systematic analysis to improve teachings.

Students, representatives of each type of education also participate in the SAIQU.

The dissemination of SAIQU to the teachers and the student representatives is made in the Faculty Board where the development and new objectives and results are informed.

Through the campus, the procedures on quality are being disseminated and interest groups are encouraged to have maximum participation in sending suggestions for quality improvement in the faculty.

On the SAIQU website, there is a link to the suggestions for the SAIQU quality system.

In 2008, the AQU Catalunya certified the quality assurance model for the teaching of the Faculty, which is based on:

Strategic planning, linked through program contracts, as a tool to develop policy and quality objectives.

The organization of process-based management. For this, it has been elaborated:

•  a process map and a catalog of the main processes related to university education, and
• the description of these processes and the system for their follow-up through specific quality procedures (PEQ).

The development of a dashboard, that is, a set of data and indicators of the management system to measure the activities that are being carried out.

The introduction of the accountability with the publication of the verification reports, the monitoring reports, the accreditation reports, and the data and indicators of the degrees and master's degrees of the Faculty.

An internal review of the system through the Center Quality Commission to analyze its adequacy and, if appropriate, propose an improvement plan to optimize it.