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Title:Programme design and credit weighting in tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe: meeting minimum quality assurance standards
Author:Mashiri, PedzisaiISNI
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:higher education
educational quality
academic standards
Abstract:Concern about the quality of higher education is on the rise in Zimbabwe as it is in the rest of Africa. An increase in the number of universities established by the state often does not correspond to the provision of finances, infrastructure and availability of highly qualified and competent teaching staff. In Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) is in the process of developing mechanisms for enforcing a systematic system of quality assurance of higher education at both public and private universities. The Council has also begun a process of programme accreditation and peer review. This article provides a framework for ZIMCHE for setting minimum standards for programme design and credit weighting at both public and private universities, and aims at promoting dialogue and reflection on important indicators of quality assurance standards. Such a dialogue is necessary because: (a) ZIMCHE only started assuming its role as a quality assurance agency seriously in 2013 and the quality assurance discourse is still fairly new to most of its members, which means that they are learning on the job, and (b) tertiary institutions are expected to develop their credit system policies and at the same time achieve convergence with others in the absence of a National Qualification Framework (NQF) and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) guidelines. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]