Prior to the summer break, positive news from NOKUT was received: INN University's quality system meets all requirements.
The quality system at INN University shall ensure systematic development of the quality of all study programmes, and applies to all matters that are of significance to the quality of studies – from information to possible applicants, to completion of studies, and surveys among former students after graduation.
“The fact that our joint quality system passed NOKUT's examination without a single remark is a solid proof that the merger is successful. We have put in place a thoroughgoing system throughout our institution that safeguards the most important things an academic institution should ensure, namely, offering high-quality education,” says the pro-rector of education, Stine Grønvold.
The conclusion of the report from NOKUT is as follows:
The systematic quality work at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences is satisfactory: All requirements in § 4-1 of the study programme supervision regulations, § 2-1 (2) of the study programme quality regulations, and § 4-3 (4) of the Universities and University Colleges Act are fulfilled. The experts are confident that the institution's systematic quality work safeguards and further develops the quality of education.
In other words, complete approval on the first attempt.
Crucial for the university accreditation process
All universities and university colleges must have an approved quality system, so the fact of formulating a system is not where the achievement lies.
“The achievement is to have such a comprehensive system in place so quickly in a newly merged institution, and more importantly – the ability to prove to the supervisory authority that the system works in the day-to-day operation of the institution,” explains Grønvold.
There are, of course, numerous people who have been involved in the development and documentation of the quality work at INN University. This work has taken place parallel to other demanding processes related to the merger. Therefore, there is great relief throughout the institution following NOKUT's expert committee's positive conclusion.
“We depended on having our quality system positively assessed, in order to avoid delays in our university accreditation process. There are high demands, as should be, which makes it all the more satisfying to be rewarded for the effort,” says Grønvold.
The expert committee has concluded that all requirements have been met, and the report shall be submitted to NOKUT's board together with INN University's statement regarding the report in October. For INN University, this means that NOKUT's processing of the university accreditation application can proceed according to plan.
“The committee set up to evaluate our university accreditation application will visit INN University in September. They will meet a university of applied sciences that – in all areas – is ready to step up into the upper division and become a university,” Grønvold states.