The Department of Organizational Excellence supports the mission and goals of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the areas of institutional research, institutional and academic accreditation and policy management, and by using advanced analytics and the monitoring of continuous quality improvement initiatives.
The Department comprises the three core units of Accreditation, Institutional Research and Assessment.
The Accreditation Unit provides critical support to all HCT academic divisions and administrative departments by ensuring the institutional functions are aligned to the standards of national and international programme accreditation bodies, such as CAA, ABET, CIPS, ACA, ACBSP and NQA . The unit reviews, audits and monitors the completion of self-study reports prepared by the academic divisions prior to the submission to CAA. It also provides institutional awareness on the standards and key requirements and assists academic and administrative units to ensure compliance to the standards.
The Institutional Research Unit collects, analyzes and reports institutional data for internal and external stakeholders to support informed decision making based on resources, capacity, efficiency and effectiveness. The units utilizes its Institutional Research methodology based on the best practice in the field and provides ongoing support to academic divisions and administrative departments on existing/ historical data trends, innovative dashboards, data definitions and critical inputs for respective Key Performance Indicators. The unit carries out periodical exercises to generate official reports for external entities, such as the Center for Educational Data and Statistics (CHEDS), Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Statistics Abu Dhabi, the Prime Minister’s Office, State Audit Institute, QS Institutional Ranking and the Ministry of Finance. It publishes periodical reports such as the HCT Fact Book, the Institutional Effectiveness Report and manages data dashboards such as IEMS.
The Assessment Unit audits student learning and the consistency of academic standards across HCT. It also provides direct evidence of student learning to academic divisions as a basis for further improvement. The unit ensures the consistency in implementation of assessment policies and procedures across all HCT campuses. The unit carries out periodical audits of assessment processes and generates reports for the HCT academic leadership. The unit also reports on the Faculty‐Wide Assessment (FWA) and Common Student Assessments.