Scope and Concepts

The primary focus of the GETS CAMPUS is on quality assurance processes related to teaching and learning in higher education, including the learning environment and relevant links to research. The GETS CAMPUS  apply to all higher education offered in the ABMA regardless of the mode or place of delivery.

Higher education aims to fulfill multiple purposes; including preparing students for active citizenship and for their future careers, creating a broad advanced knowledge base and stimulating research and innovation1. Stakeholders however can view quality in higher education differently. Quality assurance needs to take into account such different perspectives. Quality, whilst not easy to define, is mainly a result of the interaction between teachers and students, enabled by institutional planning processes. Quality assurance activities should ensure a learning environment in which the content of programmes,
learning opportunities and facilities are fit for purpose.

At the heart of all quality assurance activities are the twin purposes of accountability and enhancement. Taken together, these create trust in the higher education institution’s performance. The degree of autonomy and accountability (of which quality assurance is part) will depend as much on the national context within which the higher education system sits, as on the individual institution.

Quality assurance and quality enhancement are inter-related and describe a cycle that allows a higher education institution to assure itself of the quality of its activities and to take opportunities for continuous improvement. Such activities support the development of a quality culture that is embraced by all: from the students and academic staff to the institutional leadership and management. This quality culture should be verifiable by external quality assurance agencies, national ministries, employers and society at large, through external quality assurance procedures.

The term ‘quality assurance’ is used in this document to describe all activities within the continuous improvement cycle (i.e. assurance and enhancement activities).

ESG: purposes and principles
The ESG have the following purposes:
They set a common framework for quality assurance systems at Sri Lanka,national and institutional level;
They enable the improvement of quality of higher education in the Sri Lanka higher education area;
They support mutual trust, thus facilitating recognition within and across national borders;
They provide information on quality assurance in the TVEC.

The GETS CAMPUS  may be used in different ways within these purposes by countries, institutions and agencies. At the Sri Lanka level, they provide the criteria against which quality assurance agencies and their activities are being assessed.2 This ensures that the quality assurance agencies in the TVEC adhere to the same set of principles, while the processes and procedures they apply are modeled to fit the purposes and requirements of their contexts. The GETS CAMPUS are based on the following ten principles for quality assurance in the TVEC:

Higher education institutions have primary responsibility for the quality of their provision and its assurance;

Quality assurance processes respond to the diversity of HE systems, institutions and programmers across the TVEC Sri Lanka.

Quality assurance processes take into account the expectations of all stakeholders and society at large;

2 Agencies that apply for inclusion in the TVEC  undergo an external review for which the GETS CAMPUS provide the criteria. Assurance in Higher Education relies on compliance with the GETS CAMPUS when it comes to granting quality assurance agencies full membership status in the organization.

Quality assurance processes enable higher education institutions to continuously improve and demonstrate their accountability;
Quality assurance supports a quality culture;
Internal and external quality assurance processes are fit-for-purpose;
Quality assurance processes aim at creating appropriate learning opportunities and environments;
External quality assurance processes are carried out by independent quality assurance agencies;
Quality assurance processes involve stakeholders;
Quality assurance processes and their outcomes are transparent and clear.