About the Faculty
Assurance of Quality The Purpose and Goals of the Self-Evaluation Team
Higher education institutions in Slovenia are adapting their standards to new Bologna guidelines. The trends are moving towards providing individually composed, ECTS-based programs on an international level, co-ordinating various models of higher education, and increasing student and teacher mobility. The prerequisites are the comparability and transparency of study programmes. In order to determine and ensure high-quality comparability of programmes, the mechanisms of accreditation and evaluation of programmes and higher education institutions are used.
Evaluation is the least demanding mechanism and consists of self and outside evaluation. While there are no set criteria or standards that must be included in the report, higher education institutions are already carrying out annual self-evaluations. The evaluations include students and outside evaluators. Once set, the standards for monitoring, determining and ensuring the quality of higher education institutions, study programmes, scientific research, art and professional work will form the basis of the evaluations; it is also recommended that they be included in the self-evaluation reports of higher education institutions.
Here at the Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences, we care about our students, as well as the quality of our institution and study programmes. On 5 November 2005, the Faculty Senate appointed a self-evaluation team consisting of four members: two lecturers, one student and one professional administrative staff member. Their annual evaluations are immediately forwarded to management and then discussed by the Faculty Senate. A brief report is published on the website, enabling participants to follow the school's progress.
On 6 February 2006, the Senate ratified the goals of self-evaluation, forming the basis of the self-evaluation process. In accordance with these goals, the self-evaluation team regularly monitors the quality improvement goals, which are measured by the number of realised criteria. These criteria are the basis for ensuring the levels of quality expected by the participants of our Faculty. The participants are students, graduates, lecturers, management, professional administrative staff, employers and other interested members of the general public, all of whom help us to create and build the Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences.
The activities of monitoring and ensuring quality are continued and upgraded annually: in addition to questionnaires on education providers and opinions about the office of student affairs and the Faculty, in the 2007/2008 period we also introduced a questionnaire on opinions about the library and questionnaires for lecturers on their opinions about the Faculty, the office of student affairs, the management, the students and the general organisation. We are also working on a questionnaire on the opinions of the professional administrative staff and the graduates.
The mission of the self-evaluation team is to monitor and determine the progress of education programmes and lecturers, and to chart the opinions of students and other Faculty participants. A dialogue between the management of the company and the students and lecturers is important in order to ensure quality of the Faculty. The vision, strategy and goals of the Faculty should be recognised not only by management, but also by the entire student body, teaching staff and other associates of the Faculty. The best way to achieve this is to include them in the process from the very beginning. It is important for management to be acquainted with the needs and wishes of students and other Faculty participants in order to remain competitive, meet their expectations and positively influence the level of quality at the Faculty.