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ACCREDITATION PROCEDURE FOR DUAL PROGRAMS

ACCREDITATION PROCEDURE FOR DUAL PROGRAMS

 

“KAZDUAL – Implementing dual structure in Kazakhstan” is a three-year project co-funded by the Capacity Building in Higher Education program (Erasmus plus). The project started in January 2021 and will finish in January 2024. The project serves as a pilot to produce the necessary regulations and recommendations at policy level to establish a flexible dual system through professional education at vocational and higher education level.

 

Piloting of selected courses under D3.3 according to KAZDUAL system, will be conducted during academic year 2022-2023. During one academic year, companies and colleges and HEIs will work on an established program following dual education. This will serve as reference for the MESRK to introduce changes at national level. By realizing their pilot implementations during the project MESRK will be able to analyse the achieved results.

 

According to the application, pilot accreditation under WP3 “D3.4 Piloting of accreditation procedures for selected courses (self-evaluations, study visits, etc)”:

 

  • IQAA, ACQUIN and members of CEENQA will conduct accreditation visit of selected programs. This is also part of QA. Their documentation provides the results of the analysis and summarizing of the individual implementation after pilot testing. Milestone M32 of project.
  • The pilot programs should serve to revise standards, since often they don't correspond to needs of enterprises and will improve learning and teaching tools, methodologies and pedagogical approaches.
  • During the selection of piloting programs, each HEI will present the defined specific concept of dual practice with selected companies in order to make agreements for their participation in the piloting study program which would start in the academic year 2022-2023.
  • The selection of piloting programs, based on the results of the preparation period, will be used by the HEI’s to define a specific concept of dual practice with selected companies in order to not only ensure a flexible professional program including the flexibility of program concepts and duration of internships and practical phases but also to make agreements with the private sector for the piloting programs in the academic year 2022-2023.

 

The above will have as main result a legislative framework and accreditation procedures for dual professional education needed for establishment of dual system Model in Kazakhstan.

 

2. Workplan

 

According to the project application, this WP is covering the period 2022-2023 of the project. Involved partners commonly agreed on the proposed timeframe for WP3, taking into consideration the transferring of all activities into virtual environment and meetings. The detailed workplan is found below:

 

Overview of important milestones/tasks

 

 

 

 

Task Nr.

Task Description

Milestone

Responsible partners

1.1

Introduction to accreditation procedures (Workshop-Q&A session)

Nov 22

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

Subtasks

ACQUIN workshop

early Nov 22

all partners

 

Administrative requirements from universities side solved

mid Nov 22

universities-colleges

 

Appointment of a Kazdual Accreditation Team (contact persons in each organization)

mid Nov 22

all partners

 

Agreement on applicable standards

until December 2022

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

 

Agreement on the number of programs and applicants

end Nov 22

universities-colleges

 

Discussion on minimum requirements for calling a program "dual"

December 22

universities-colleges

 

Checking with Ministry of Education & IQAA

December 22

 

 

Finalised curricula

Dec 22

universities-colleges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.2

Universities & colleges will apply a request to ACQUIN/CEENQA (template will be provided)

Dec 22

universities-colleges

Subtasks

Application request for the pilot evaluation

 

universities-colleges

 

Workplan and activities agreed by all educational partners

 

universities-colleges

 

 

 

 

1.3

Guidelines to partners for the preparation of the self-evaluation report

Dec 22-Mar 23

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

Subtasks

Bayreuth workshop guidelines shared with partners

Done in Bayreuth - ppt on content shared already

ACQUIN-CEENQA

 

Monitoring of partners progress every 3 weeks

 

ACQUIN-CEENQA

 

Checking of self-evaluation reports initial drafts-good drafts-final

 

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

 

Final self-evaluation reports sent

17thMarch 2023

(hard deadline)

universities-colleges

1.4

Recruitment & training of expert group

 

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA in consultation with all

Subtasks

Profile of expert group - number of expert group

Dec 22

 

 

Expert Group identified

Feb 23

 

 

Preparation of a schedule for site visit (sessions to be adapted as pilots/light version)

January 2023

 

1.5

Conduction of online conference (site visit)

Mid-End May 23

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

Subtasks

Guidelines and tips for preparing for the site visit (see also Bayreuth workshop)

Feb 23

CEENQA

 

Identification of common date 3 months earlier

Feb 23

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

1.6

Compilation of the Evaluation Report

June-July 23

ACQUIN-CEENQA-IQAA

Subtasks

Writing of reports during summer

 

 

1.7

Feedback from educational institutions on the Evaluation report

Aug 23

universities-colleges

 

Allocation of roles – WP3 internal meetings

 

Roles as described in application:

 

  • Parallelly, accreditation and normative procedures will be supervised by TKK (IQA) and ACQUIN (EQA). CEENQA will provide experts during the pilot phase and the MESRK will observe the project implementation to define changes in regulations or legislation.At quality assurance level, the project is further enriched through the participation of a TKK in Estonia for internal application and delivery of ESGs and QA procedures. 
  • CEENQA, an association of accreditation agencies in Central and Eastern Europe, will provide experts and reviewers during the piloting phase. IQAA will be represented there as well and will learn how to apply procedures by participating in the pilots.
  • IQAA as part of CEENQA are also an excellent channel for dissemination and exploitation of the network for quality of professional higher education practitioners.
  • The MESRK will be actively involved in the development of the most optimized Dual Higher Education Model as it will serve as example for government to follow across the country. Depending on the region and sector, the model of cooperation with industry and companies may vary but the project will set common standards for the different collaboration scenarios between Kazakh students, HEIs, vocational centers and companies.

 

 

Split of tasks and sub-tasks as per workplan

Activity

Lead partner

Supporting partner

Milestone

1.1 Agreement on applicable standards

CEENQA

ACQUIN-IQAA-TTK-Kazakh partners

 

QA Expert Dr. Carlos Machado provides feedback

1st good draft December 2022

2nd refined March 2023

3rd final after pilots August 2023

1.1 Program requirements (program “identity” card)

ACQUIN

LN

CEENQA

December 2022

1.2 Application request

ACQUIN

GM

CEENQA- Kazakh partners

December 2022

1.2 Workplan and activities updates, meeting minutes and monitoring

ACQUIN

GM

CEENQA-Coordinator BS

Ongoing

1.3 Preparation of self-evaluation reports

ACQUIN LN-YB

CEENQA - Kazakh
partners

Support from TTK if
needed based on
their practice

Common template

December 2022 shared

 

Monitoring progress x3 mid.January-beg.February-mid.March 2023

1.3 Checking of final self-evaluation reports including traceability of files for experts

ACQUIN LN-YB

CEENQA

Mid-end March 2023

1.4 Recruitment and training of expert group

CEENQA

ACQUIN-TTK-IQAA
and OVGU provide
expert suggestions

Dec 2022-Feb 2023

1.4 Profile of expert group (matrix template – numbers)

CEENQA

ACQUIN will provide
common template for
profiles of experts &
letter of identification
of experts

 

QA Expert Dr.
Carlos Machado
provides feedback

Dec 2022

1.4 Training of experts

ACQUIN-CEENQA

IQAA-TTK can
also participate

End February 2023

1.4 Scheduling pilot visits agenda

ACQUIN

CEENQA-IQAA
Kazakh partners

Finding common dates for all 6 pilots by January 2023

 

Agenda draft January 2023

1.5 Conduction of site visits (preparation of Kazakh partners)

ACQUIN-CEENQA

IQAA-TTK can
also participate

End April 2023 brief workshop for how to best present their uni-college

1.5 Conduction of site visits

ACQUIN- CEENQA

 

IQAA participates as
observer

Early-mid May 2023

1.5 Pilot splits

ACQUIN Pilot Nr. 1,3,5,6

CEENQA Pilot Nr. 2 & 4

 

1.6 Compilation of reports

ACQUIN-CEENQA

QA Expert Carlos
Machado & TTK
provide feedback on
template

Template common by January 2023

June-July 2023

1.7 Feedback of education partners

ACQUIN-CEENQA

Kazakh partners

Fine-tuning of reports August 2023

1.7 Certificates of training for KazDual accreditation team

ACQUIN-CEENQA

Kazakh partners

June 2023

 

 

Introduction to accreditation procedures (Workshop-Q&A session)

 

Appointment of a KazDual Accreditation Team (contact persons in each organisation)

 

Partner

Name-Surname

Role

E-mail

Coordinator

Bayan Sapargaliyeva

National Coordinator/

Project Manager

bayan_sapargaliyeva@mail.ru,

bonya_sh@mail.ru

ACQUIN

Giorina Maratsi

Project Manager

maratsi@acquin.org

ACQUIN

Dr. Lyazzat Nugumanova

Project Manager

nugumanova@acquin.org

CEENQA

Jan Philipp Engelmann

Project Manager

secretariat@ceenqa.org

CEENQA

Maja Milas

Project Manager

maja.milas@nakvis.si

TKTK

Mihhail Kirejev

Project Manager

mihhail.kirejev@tktk.ee

MERSK

Banu Narbekova

Project Manager

b.narbekova@edu.gov.kz

IQAA

Karylga Jigitcheyeva

Project member

jigitcheyeva@iqaa.kz

M. Auezov
South-
Kazakhstan University

BakhytkulAbdizhapparova

Project member

b.abdizhapparova@auezov.edu.kz

AlmazKaldybayev

Executive in charge
of pilot accreditation

almich84@mail.ru

Abai Kazakh
National
Pedagogical University

AsselAkpayeva

Project member/

Associate Professor
of the Department
of Primary Education

 

akpayeva@mail.ru

 

Bayan Sapargaliyeva

Project Manager

bayan_sapargaliyeva@mail.ru,

bonya_sh@mail.ru

Shakarim
University
of Semey

Askar Kasymov

Project Manager

festland2@yandex.kz

Buketov
Karagandy
University

Svetlana Karstina

Project Manager

skarstina@mail.ru

Electrotechnical college

AkmaralImanbekova

Project Manager

imanbekovaakmaral@mail.ru

Karaganda
Higher
Polytechnic
College

GabdissagytAubakirov

Project Manager

Sagit.aubakirov@mail.ru

 

Guidelines to partners for the preparation of the self-evaluation report

 

ACQUIN & CEENQA presentations during Bayreuth November 2022 quality assurance workshop serve as the basis for the preparation of universities and colleges self-evaluation reports. Additional guidance will be provided as per time plan. A devoted team from the accreditation agencies will monitor the progress of Kazakh partners every 3 weeks and will serve as contact point for answering requests. When needed, extra online sessions will be devoted to support Kazakh partners in writing their reports.

 

Recruitment & training of expert group

 

The profile of experts

The pilot accreditation procedure is performed as a peer-review procedure.CEENQA and ACQUIN in consultation with project partners will compose a group of experienced and trained experts who will act as assessors for the KazDual selected training programs. The experts are both qualified in matters of accreditation, quality assurance, dual professional education and the subject of the respective program.

Profile of Expert

  1. Horizontal requirements
  • Reliability and transparency;
  • An educational background and understanding of the education process (development of curricula, teaching methods, assessment of learning, level of training);
  • Written and verbal communication skills, as well as ICT skills;
  • Good English language knowledge;
  • Experience with higher education orVET provision (depending on the EQF level of the program);
  • Familiarity with the European Quality Assurance Framework (Bologna process, ESG standards, EQAVET indicators, EQF) is highly desirable;
  • Experience with previous accreditation/evaluation procedures in a national or international context is highly desirable.
  1. Specific knowledge
  • Thorough knowledge of dual professional education in Germany
  • Proven professional or academic experience in the field of pilot programs (minimum 5 years) for the non-student experts;
  • Knowledge of the sector-specific and country/European regulations and characteristics.

 

Synthesis of Expert Group

 

Pilot

Requirements

Additional profile requirements

Nr. of experts needed

Pilot 1

A+B

  • Electric Power Engineering

3

(1 professor, 1 practitioner/or international QA expert, 1 student)

Pilot 2

A+B

  • Heat power engineering

3 (1 professor, 1 practitioner/or international QA expert, 1 student)

International expert can be same with Pilot 1

Pilot 3

A+B

  • Primary education with information and communication technologies

3 (1 professor, 1 practitioner/or international QA expert, 1 student)

Pilot 4

A+B

  • Heat power

Same experts with pilot 2

Pilot 5

A+B

  • Technician-Electrician

3

1 professor, 1 expert with VET knowledge common with Pilot 6, 1 student common with pilot 6

Pilot 6

A+B

  • Thermal Power Plants of Thermal Power Plants Equipment Machinist)

1 professor

(other 2 experts are same with pilot 5)

 

 

 

12 experts

 

Notes:

  • As discussed, the composition of the expert group should be as flexible as possible. Depending on the subject and the available experts, there might be cases where two professors (expertise in the respective field + expertise in dual education) + one student would be better.

 

Expert Nr.

Type (professor, international expert or practitioner, student

Relevant for pilot

Suggested nationality

1

professor

Pilot 1

German

2

practitioner/or international expert

Pilot 1, 2, 4

international

3

student

Pilot 1

National Kazakh

4

professor

Pilot 2, 4

German or Kazakh

5

student

Pilot 2, 4

National Kazakh

6

professor

Pilot 3

German

7

practitioner

Pilot 3

German

8

student

Pilot 3

International

9

professor

Pilot 5,

international

10

practitioner/VET expert

Pilot 5, 6

international

11

VET student

Pilot 5, 6

German

12

professor

Pilot 6

National Kazakh

Amount for experts participating in 1 procedure

Whole amount needed (3 experts per procedure=18)

 

Impartiality clause

Impartiality requires the disclosure of such circumstances which could give the impression of bias. This could include, for example:

  • Currently running application process, appeal hearings or impending change;
  • Less than five years of past employment or study;
  • Relatives, close personal or professional ties to or conflicts with the members of the University’s/VET provider’s staff;
  • Participation in commissions, advisory committees or advisory bodies that affect the certification procedure immediately;
  • Currently running intensive cooperation projects relating to the training program under consideration;
  • Assessment by the members within the past year.

 

Tasks of expert

The experts will have to participate in the tasks below:

  • Participate in the expert training to be familiarized with the standards that are to be applied along with Q&A session;
  • Read the Self-evaluation reports of the applicant institutions;
  • Consider all materials prepared for the training program;
  • Write parts of the Evaluation Report based on their findings (work can be split among experts). Experts must state their opinions on whether the curriculum should be accredited in the future and propose any recommendations. Accreditation partners will provide a checklist with the applicable standards and aspects to be taken into consideration. The final reports will be elaborated by ACQUIN & CEENQA based on the written feedback of the experts.
  • The onsite resources can be presented to the Expert group via online conference call. Optionally, a national expert can visit the premises representative for the group to evaluate whether they are equipped to run the training program successfully.
  • The pilot accreditation procedure is a collegial advisory process based on constructive critique: If the experts perceive ways in which theprogram could be improved, they should be discussed with the directors of the program.

 

            Conduction of online conference (site visit)

 

A relevant template is provided.

Additionally, the (n)etiquette of how institutions present themselves and prepare for the site visit has been presented by CEENQA during Bayreuth QA workshop (see relevant presentation).

 

 

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