Quality of research and teaching

The cycle of continuous improvement of the Quality Assurance management system consists of four interrelated processes: planning, management, self-assessment, improvement.

The Quality Assurance System must produce documentable or measurable effects on the improvement of teaching, research and third mission activities, and indirectly on administrative and management activities.

Quality of research

In the area of research quality, the approach dictated by the quality control is characterized by the introduction of quality principles at departmental level: transparency, self-assessment, information sharing, reporting of results in terms of indicators and documentary evidence. The Presidium promotes the culture of quality to facilitate self-assessment, offering support to the Departments to define research objectives and a third mission according to their specific characteristics and in line with the objectives of the University Strategic Plan.

Single Annual Report on Departmental Research (SUA-RD) 

The Annual Report on Departmental Research (SUA-RD) is aimed at gathering information on research and the third mission, and is directly managed by the department in a self-assessment perspective. During the annual review meeting, the Department collects and analyzes qualitative and quantitative information related to objectives, organization, quality policies of the department, research groups. This practice allows the department to reflect on its research and third mission activities and the related programming. SUA-RD is also used for the annual verification of research results for periodic evaluation and accreditation conducted by ANVUR.

The Department publishes the parts of the SUA-RD that allow students, families, companies and institutions to understand the goals, results and functioning of the department in a quality perspective.

SUA-RD continuous improvement cycle

Research and third mission activities quality assurance:

Planning

  • Planning department objectives: Defining the three-year objectives for research and third mission activities, in line with the University’s strategy plan and with monitoring indicators (SUA-RD Quadro A1)
  • Third Mission guidelines: 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-assessment (AV) and evaluation of the progress of the three-year objectives (SUA-RD Quadro B3 Review)

Improving

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

Quality of teaching

The quality of teaching represents the ability to give adequate answers to the expectations of all those who are interested in the training service offered: students, families and the world of work.
Specifically, at the University level but also at the Department level, it aims to implement objectives, tools, actions and verifications, through which a quality policy can be implemented to constantly improve its training offer.

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)
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