The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has established a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) at HEC Karachi with the objective of significant enhancement of quality in higher leanings and international compatibility. The HEC intends to play its part in spearheading the building of a knowledge based economy in Pakistan. For this purpose, Quality Enhancement Cells are being setup at all the public and non-public universities in a phased manner. Accordingly, a QEC has been setup at FUUAST Karachi to achieve higher standards of education. A framework for this purpose has been developed in line with the international standards by HEC for measuring the outcomes of all the programs that are being run in an institution. The institutional level quality assurance processes are required to develop an ultimate Quality Culture with the goal that quality is central focus of the institution at all levels and is integral part of all academic practices. It involves all aspects and tiers of academic research and scholarship including students, faculty, staff, governance, management, infrastructure, facilities, funding etc.
Institutional level Quality Assurance System defines that Quality assurance is primarily a responsibility of the higher educational institutions. Creating enabling learning environment for the students is the core of mission and goals achievable through all academic activities planned and conducted by them.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) has developed methods for assessing the quality of academic programs through self assessment. It is a systematic process of gathering, reviewing and using important quantitative and qualitative data and information from multiple and diverse sources about educational programs, for the purpose of improving student learning, and evaluating whether academic and learning standards are being met. The process culminates when assessment results are used to improve student learning. The objectives of self-assessment are to:
1. Maintain and continuously enhance academic standards
2. Enhance students’ learning
3. Verify that the existing programs meet their objectives and institutional goals
4. Provide feedback for quality assurance of academic programs
5. Prepare the academic program for review by discipline councils