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Quality Assurance and Enhancement

The College’s Academic Council, a committee of the Board of Directors, oversees all academic activities of CCT, including quality assurance and quality enhancement. The Academic Council serves to protect, maintain, and develop the academic standards of the programmes and the academic reputation of the College. Membership of the Council comprises academic, administrative and support personnel of the College, including faculty representatives, and learner representatives. The Academic Council is chaired by Dr Dermot Douglas, an external education consultant with expertise in higher education. Academic Council meets a minimum of four times per year.

The College implements a comprehensive quality framework which places continuous improvement of the learner experience at its core.

The Dean of Academic Affairs has executive responsibility for quality assurance. The Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs manages the implementation of quality assurance and maintenance of academic standards in CCT College Dublin, under the direction of the Academic Council. The Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs is located in the Main Office of the College where the Dean of Academic Affairs and the QA Officer are available to meet with learners, on request or by appointment.

 

The QA Manual is made up of the policies and procedures for quality assurance. Quality Assurance Policies of CCT College Dublin are framed in the context of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), and the policies of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, as the awarding body for CCT programmes leading to framework awards.  They are informed by the strategic plan of the College, which identifies the quality enhancement objectives the College is working towards. Quality assurance policies and procedures are reviewed and updated on a regular basis and made available publicly.

  • Validation and Revalidation

As a provider of programmes leading to QQI awards, CCT College Dublin is subject to the external quality assurance arrangements of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. External quality assurance arrangements include validation of programmes leading to QQI awards, revalidation of programmes, and the ongoing monitoring of the institution. QQI publishes validation reports for all CCT programmes leading to QQI awards.

  • Re-engagement

Re-engagement is the term used by QQI to describe the arrangements for maintaining relationships with legacy providers until new quality assurance arrangements have been approved by QQI. More information on re-engagement is available here. CCT College Dublin successfully re-engaged with QQI in 2018 and secured approval of CCT Quality Assurance as part of this process, as recorded in the QA Approval Report.

  • Monitoring

As per the QQI Monitoring Policy, “providers are ultimately responsible for the quality of their provision; the implementation and evaluation of their own QA procedures; and on-going enhancement” (December 2014). As part of fulfilling its responsibilities in this regard, CCT undertakes monitoring of programmes through a range of mechanisms including, student satisfaction surveys, focus groups, External Examiner reports, annual programme monitoring reports, and data monitoring including award classification data, student retention and progression.

Find out about our quality policies

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