VUT UNDERGOES THE COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION’S (CHE) INSTITUTIONAL AUDIT SITE VISIT
12 July 2023
The Council on Higher Education (CHE) will this week be conducting an institutional audit site visit at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) which will run from 10 – 14th July 2023.
The six-member panel from the CHE was welcomed to by Dr Dan Mokoena, VUT’s Acting Vice Chancellor and Principal who emphasised VUT’s state of readiness for the audit, following months of preparations. He added that as a build up towards the audit, in May 2022, the University’s Quality Promotions Unit (QPU) hosted an institutional capacity development workshop facilitated by the CHE to provide guidance on the expectations from the audit. Dr Mokoena also said he believes the audit will not only unearth the challenges VUT and the Higher Education sector faces, but that it will also reflect on some of the strides made by the institution which is on a concerted mission to move from strength to strength.
During the week, the audit panellists will attempt to triangulate the information delivered in the VUT Self-Evaluation Report (SER), by means of interviewing all VUT stakeholders (internal and external). The evidence provided by VUT will be interrogated to examine the extent to which it supports the claims made in the SER. The four focus areas of the audit are: Governance, Management and Leadership; Design and Implementation of the Quality Management System (QMS); Coherence and Integration of the QMS, as well as Curriculum Development, Learning and Teaching Support. Also notably, the panel will do a walk-about to assess the University’s infrastructure state – places to be visited include lecture theatres, laboratories, the campus library, residences, the Isak Steyl stadium and the Sebokeng Campus.
According to the CHE, these audits are meant to support institutions with continuous quality improvement and enhancement, and it is therefore expected that the institutional audit outcomes will be followed by improvement plans tailored for VUT.