The Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance of Godfrey Okoye University is obliged to collate, manage, and interpret data to guide the Academic development of university and to ensure compliance with the NUC’s Minimum Academic Standards. It enhances efficiency in teaching, learning and research in the university and also ensures dissemination and pub ht glication of relevant information and knowledge.
In order to ensure the continuous sustainable growth of the pristine university, The Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance has outlined strategic procedures and systems to ensure the University meets its target to be the best in education.
The key functions of the Directorate can be grouped into five categories:
- Preparation of university’s annual recurrent budget
- Projection of students’ enrolment figures, corresponding staff strength and distribution of students according to state of origin and sex for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
- Computation of full-time equivalent (FTE) for all programmes.
- Preparation of university calendar for stable academic delivery.
- Initiating the review of curriculum in line with trends in the academic world as well as working with faculties to prepare, review and monitor their academic plans and identify areas for and potential development.
The Directorate promotes quality of teaching, learning and research in the University through periodic evaluation of academic activities in the University in the following ways:
- Coordinating the preparation of Academic Brief and guiding units of the university on the operations of the Academic Brief.
- Periodic analysis of performance evaluation of academic programmes
- Analysis of student’s enrolment figures and ensuring compliance with guidelines such as admission quota, teacher /student ratio and science /arts ratio.
- Feasibility studies for the establishment of new academic programme(s);
- Use of data collected for making projections and advising the university as appropriate;
Publications and Statistics
The Directorate is responsible for the coordination and collation of information to NUC for National planning. It is responsible for:
- Maintaining data base on students and staff statistics for use in planning, budgeting, and other requirements.
- Periodic statistics to bodies like Federal Ministry of Education and National Manpower Board, Statistics output to individual researchers on demand.
- Periodic update and analyzing data from relevant university bodies for the internal evaluation of performance status of the university on all the NUC approved funding parameters and other guidelines.
- Publication of university records, statistics and research reports.
- Documenting and storing information on academic programmes of the university as well as student academic and personal records.
Liaison, Programme Establishment and Accreditation
The Directorate is expected to liaise between the university and the regulatory body, in this context, the NUC. It seeks clarification from the NUC and professional bodies on academic matters and forwards same to the appropriate section of the university.
The universities are expected to have a strategic plan in place. The Directorate coordinates all the activities to ensure that every facet of the university community is represented in the decision making process. It is the duty of the directorate to ensure that planning efforts are properly focused towards achieving the goals of the organization. The formulation of a plan starts with the design, environmental analysis, and review of vision/mission, establishment of goals, strategy development/options and plan development. The planning unit would have to guide the university at every stage of the plan development.
2020-30 Strategic Plan
The paramount aim of the Directorate is to carve a niche and maintain sustainable development. Therefore the need for developing a competitive advantage for the purpose of quality education, marketing and image management these plans are as follows;
- Continue to refine programmes and engage in teaching practices that help to reduce the learning gap and the amount of students who are below proficiency
- Create a school environment and culture that focuses on value learning
- Increase parent & stakeholder involvement in student learning
- Implement instruction that engages students (Entrepreneurship, Research and Development, overseas training etc.)
- Increase student leadership opportunities.
- Continue to update library/technology (ICT) needs
- Refine and seek out a range of services for failing students
- More professional development (CCNA, ICAN, ICDL etc) to match content area needs
- Continue the mentorship programme
- Continue the development and establishment of Leading programmes to enable student employability
- Clarify processes for academic programme development and review
- Collaboration with other colleges and sectors
- Acceleration and combined undergraduate/graduate education (Summer School/Online teaching)
- Consider/Develop Online Learning for Postgraduate/ Distance Learning and periodic review and assessment of plan to ensure growth and development.