|Programme Evaluation Promotes Teaching-Learning Quality: Analysis of Programme Evaluation of Yunnan Higher Vocational Colleges
|Jianxin Zhang (President, Asia-Pacific Quality Network)|
A programme is the most important element of quality assurance of higher education, and programme evaluation is a key content of teaching quality and reform in higher education. In the strategic background of “splitting education process of administration, implementation and evaluation” issued by Chinese Ministry of Education(MoE), in 2016-2017, a provincial pilot programme evaluation of higher vocational colleges (HVCs) has completed by Yunnan Higher Education Evaluation Center for the first time. This paper first introduces the concept of “programme evaluation” and illustrates the “bottleneck” of teaching-and-learning quality，then it describes the programme evaluation process of Yunnan HVCs and the criteria development, then it elaborates that 4 characteristics of programme evaluation can promote teaching-learning quality: (1) the emphasis on achievement of student learning outcomes; (2)the combination of teaching with the needs of social developments; (3) the “five degrees” of evaluation content running through the whole teaching-learning process; and (4) the highlight of the development-orientated feature of teaching and learning. It can be seen that programme evaluation based on these 4 characteristics can play the role of “a magic baton” in teaching and learning, and in turn it can promote teaching-learning quality from the perspective of external and internal quality assurance. This empirical research can help to promote teaching-learning quality, improve the implementation of programme evaluation, and contribute to carry on the MoE policy “Opinions on further splitting the education process of administration, implementation and evaluation, and promoting the transformation of the government functions” and finally reach the goal of perfecting the quality of cultivation personnel in the HEIs/HVCs.