The CHUSS Centre of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) with funding from the Mellon Foundation on Thursday 10th November 2022, held a half day workshop to reflect on how to ensure the integrity of the examination process at the college.
This was based on the recognition that one of the defining characteristics of a good university education is the robustness of its examination policies, practices and processes.
The workshop held at the Hilton Inn Gardens in Kamokya brought together heads of departments, under graduate and graduate programs and examinations coordinators at college, departmental and school levels, school registrars, academic and administrative staff, representatives from the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training and the Department of the Academic Registrar.
The workshop was structured as a discussion with two panels. The first panel on, ‘Examination Policies and Practices’, guided and initiated debates and discussions on the interface between university examination policies and practices. It was intended to generate a reflection on what is supposed to be and what actually is with the hope of finding a productive intersection between policy and practice.
The second panel was cognizant of the ‘Examination malpractices as a cancer of quality and integrity to university education’ and, it sought to demystify this issue so that the chief examiners are not only aware of its reach but, that, their awareness can act as a starting point of addressing the malaise.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Director CERTL Prof. Andrew Elias State noted that it is the reliability and validity of the grade that defines the robustness of an education that universities offer to the public and hence, the need for the college to pay attention to all stages that an examination goes through.