Towards Quality Assurance in Postgraduate Supervision: The Case of EMOD at USIU

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dc.contributor.author Macharia, Jimmy K.N.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-09T05:37:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-09T05:37:24Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3150
dc.description.abstract Good supervision is fundamental to successful postgraduate research, yet it is a teaching-learning process disappointingly understood. This may be the main reason why students experience the process as complex and often unstable. Supervisors increasingly find themselves supervising matureage professionals who possess equal or greater knowledge of the research subject, thus countering the traditional ‘apprenticeship’ model of graduate studies such that have been done points out that the majority of graduate enrollments at the doctoral level in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America are in professional and practitioner oriented fields. Likewise, in several countries and in particular in developing countries like Kenya, supervisors find that postgraduate students are less prepared for higher degree studies than in the past. The above two phenomenal results is increasing an unprecedented pressures, particularly on young and inexperienced supervisors. In Kenya there is an awakening on quality assurance by many universities, some are going for ISO 2000 assessment, others adopting other initiatives, and the just emerging Association of East African Universities (AEAU) quality assurance initiatives that are going on in a number of universities. However, quality assurance at the graduate research is still an illusion that requires urgent redress, since many masters and PHD candidates are giving up along the way due to frustrations on the supervision process or the lack of quality on the same. This paper therefore is a case study of quality assurance initiates for supervision of the graduate projects for the Executive Master of Science in Organizational Development project at the United states International University (USIU). The article focuses on the indicators of quality supervision and highlights the vast range of problem areas presently documented as significant areas of concern for both graduate students and their supervisors. Additionally, the paper presents preliminary findings on an ongoing study which aims to survey all Kenyan universities about current supervision and evaluative practices in postgraduate supervision. Building on literature and the previous survey-based research results, this study develops the USIU EMOD framework case of quality assurance and enhancement that identifies the problems and challenges met by students and supervisors in the graduate research supervision. The University’s planning processes provide a framework for monitoring and improving program quality through collection and analysis of data and the assessment of performance; however the set of indicators of quality assurance are neither explicit nor exhaustive. As part of the originality of this paper a set of key indicators for quality graduate research supervision at higher education will be presented. The findings will be of immediate and practical application by universities, where the supervision process and success will then be measured against key indicators and development strategies and targets for improvement identified. These indicators will be critical in achieving the link between program learning outcomes, strategies, goals and performance. en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Quality Assurance en_US
dc.subject Postgraduate Supervision en_US
dc.subject EMOD at USIU en_US
dc.title Towards Quality Assurance in Postgraduate Supervision: The Case of EMOD at USIU en_US

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