THE Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST) developed by the Higher Education Ministry can be used as a guide for the public to choose private colleges and study programmes of quality.
Private Higher Education Institution Governance Division director in the Department of Higher Education Dr Mohamed Ali Abdul Rahman said MyQUEST was introduced in 2010 to assess the quality of private colleges nationwide.
“This assessment is necessary to ensure the competitiveness of the private higher education sector in Malaysia through continuous improvement and capacity building,” he said.
Dr Mohamed Ali said the system generated three categories of reports, namely college-based assessments, study field-based assessments and international students' service assessments.”
“College-based assessments measure the college's level of service, resources and effort to meet the minimum requirements of quality standards, while study field-based assessments measure the level of service, resources and offering of study programmes by colleges in meeting the minimum requirements of quality standards.
“The assessment of international student services, meanwhile, measures the level of service, resources and college's practices in meeting the minimum requirements of international students' service standards,” he said.
He said the scores calculated for each category of report result in the award of one of six grades namely 6 stars (Outstanding), 5 stars (Excellent), 4 stars (Very Good), 3 stars (Good), 2 stars (Satisfactory) and 1 star (Weak).
Dr Mohamed Ali said private colleges registered with the ministry under the Private Higher Education Institutions Act 1996 or Act 555 could enrol in MyQUEST.
“However, the college must meet two criteria to be eligible for evaluation, that is having at least one matured study programme, and a cohort of students who have graduated,” he said.
He said the criteria of assessment in MyQUEST included students (10 percent), resources (30 percent), quality management system (30 percent), programme recognition (10 percent) and graduate recognition (20 percent).
“For 2016/2017, some 206 out of 398 private colleges across the country registered have been assessed in which 15 colleges receive a rating of 6 stars, 63 colleges (5 stars), 61 colleges (4 stars), 37 colleges (3 stars), 22 colleges (2 stars) and eight colleges (1 star) for the college-based assessment category,” he added. — Bernama
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