Quality of research and teaching

The Quality Assurance management system consists of four processes that depend on one another: planning, management, self-evaluation, improvement.

Quality of Research

The approach dictated by the Quality Assurance Committee consists in introducing quality principles in the department: transparency, information sharing, and verifying results with indicators or documentary evidence. It facilitates self-evaluation, offering support to the Departments in defining improvement goals according to their own specificities and in line with the goals of the University Strategic Plan.

Single Annual Report on Departmental Research (SUA-RD) 

The Single Annual Report of Departmental Research (Scheda Annuale della Ricerca Dipartimentale, SUA-RD) collects information on research and the third mission and is drawn up by the department. During the annual review meeting, the Department analyses qualitative and quantitative information relating to goals, organisation, quality policies of the department, research groups, and third mission and public engagement initiatives. The SUA-RD is also used for the annual verification of research results for the purposes of periodic evaluation and accreditation conducted by ANVUR - Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

SUA-RD continuous improvement cycle

Quality assurance in research and third mission activities:

Planning

  • Defining the three-year objectives for research and third mission activities, in line with the University’s strategic plan and with monitoring indicators (SUA-RD Quadro A1)
  • Third Mission strategy: The department’s main strategy in line with its specifications (SUA-RD Quadro I0)

Managing

  • Department Organisation (SUA-RD Quadro B1)
  • Research Groups (SUA-RD Quadro B1b)
  • QA management system research: Duties and responsibilities when conducting reviews, resource distribution criteria. (SUA-RD Quadro B2)

Assessing

  • Analysis of the monitoring results: In-depth self-evaluation (AV) and assessment of progress in the three-year goals (SUA-RD Quadro B3 Review)

Improving

  • Definition and scope for improvement: Defining the areas that require improvement as identified by the self-evaluation (SUA-RD Quadro B3 Review)

Teaching Quality

Quality teaching is the ability to adequately meet the expectations of all those who are interested in the learning service offered: students, families and the world of work.

Specifically, both in the University and in the Department, it involves putting in place goals, tools, actions and checks in order to implement a quality policy with the aim to continuously improve the programme catalogue.

The Continuous improvement of Degree Programmes

University operations and strategies for the implementation, activation and evaluation of the programme catalogue:

Planning

  • Degree Programme Planning: Defining the learning programme demand and professional profile (SUA-CdS Quadri A1 and A2), learning objectives and expected learning outcome (SUA-CdS Quadro A4 and Quadro F)
  • Annual planning of the teaching process, Regulations and course structure diagram (SUA-CdS Quadri A3, A5, B1 and planned programme catalogue)
  • Teaching planning of resources (SUA-CdS Programmes offered)

Managing

  • Organisation of learning activities (SUA-CdS B2)

Assessing

  • Analysis of the monitoring results (SUA- CdS Quadri B6, B7, C1, C2, D Review of the Joint Committees Report)

Improving

Defining and implementing improvement initiatives (SUA-CdS Quadro D Review)

Teaching Quality


The quality of teaching is the ability to give adequate responses to the expectations of all those who have an interest in the educational service offered: students, families and the world of work.
In concrete terms, at the level of the University but also at the level of the Department, it is a matter of putting in place objectives, tools, actions and checks, through which to implement a quality policy to constantly improve the educational offer.

The continuous improvement cycle of the Course of Study


Strategic and operational lines of the University for the establishment, activation and evaluation of the educational offer:

Planning

Design of Courses of Study: Definition of training demand and professional profile (SUA-CdS Frameworks A1 and A2), of training objectives and learning outcomes (SUA-CdS Framework A4 and Framework F)
Annual planning of the educational process Regulations and educational plan (SUA-CdS Quadri A3, A5, B1 and planned educational offer)
Teaching resources planning (SUA-CdS Teaching offer provided)


Manage

Organization of educational activities (SUA-CdS B2)


Evaluate

Analysis of monitoring results (SUA- CdS Quadri B6, B7, C1, C2, D Review Report of the Joint Commission)

Improve

Definition and implementation of improvement actions (SUA-CdS Review Framework D)