PEIG Strategy

1.1. Introduction

The PEI Strategy is a key and integral component of the Medicine Program at UNSW. Its overall purpose is –

To provide high level guidance for the development of leading edge program evaluation and improvement processes and practices in the UNSW Medicine.
Such evaluation and improvement processes and practices:
  1. ensure systematic and evidence-based continual improvement in key aspects of the Program (e.g. the student experience);

  2. provide effective support mechanisms to foster excellence and continual development in the Program (e.g. staff development and recognition programs); and

  3. enable clear communication with and between key stakeholders (e.g. by reporting) about the quality of the Program.

The high level guidance provided by the Strategy includes the articulation of general priorities, principles and values to shape the development of the more formal evaluation and improvement policies, processes and practices that are integrated with the Medicine 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:

  1. aligning itself with emerging good practice ideas in the literature on program quality assurance in higher education and medical education;

  2. innovative in its concepts and methods; and

  3. 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.