- 1. What is the Program Evaluation and Improvement Strategy?
- 2. Why is the Faculty developing the Program Evaluation and Improvement Strategy?
- 3. The Program Evaluation and Improvement Strategy: More details on priorities and its conceptual base
- 4. The Program Evaluation and Improvement Strategy: Pragmatics
- 5. The Program Evaluation and Improvement Group (PEIG)
The PEI Strategy is a key and integral component of the Medicine Program at UNSW. Its overall purpose is –
ensure systematic and evidence-based continual improvement in key aspects of the Program (e.g. the student experience);
provide effective support mechanisms to foster excellence and continual development in the Program (e.g. staff development and recognition programs); and
enable clear communication with and between key stakeholders (e.g. by reporting) about the quality of the Program.
This document (Part 1) presents the Overall Strategy. Part 2 describes the Strategy in Practice. To remain evolutionary and dynamic, the Strategy in Practice is updated on a continuing basis. A major result of the implementation of the PEI Strategy is the strengthening of the culture of critical reflection and improvement in the Faculty.
1.2. The Faculty's leading-edge aspiration
The Faculty aspires to have the Medicine Program recognised for excellence, both nationally and internationally. The PEI Strategy is a critical factor and vehicle for achieving this vision.
To attain such “leading-edge” recognition over time, the PEI Strategy is:
aligning itself with emerging good practice ideas in the literature on program quality assurance in higher education and medical education;
innovative in its concepts and methods; and
dynamic and adaptive over time.
1.3. The essence of the PEI Strategy: Fundamental priorities and values
Though more sophisticated in its detail, the PEI Strategy can be captured in brief by a small number of strategic principles. Each of these is a fundamental priority or value. Collectively these guide the development of evaluation and improvement processes and practices.
These strategic planks are discussed in more detail in section 3 below.
Professor Gary Velan
Senior Vice-Dean Education
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