Event Date/Time: Jun 20, 2006 End Date/Time: Jun 22, 2006
Registration Date: Jun 12, 2006
Early Registration Date: Apr 20, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 20, 2006
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The FOTIM Quality Assurance conference committee, in partnership with the Committee for Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA) invites you to participate in a conference on quality assurance in higher education. The 2nd FOTIM International Quality Assurance Conference follows the very successful 1st conference of 2004 and has been expanded to embrace a vital component of quality higher education: libraries. Libraries are an integral part of teaching, learning, research and community engagement, and are included in the HEQC’s institutional audits.

The conference will focus on two themes in parallel:

Quality Assurance in Higher Education with the sub-themes:
Institutional Audits
Programme Reviews
Community Engagement

Quality Assurance and Quality Management in Higher Education Libraries

Interactive presentations, workshops and panel discussions will provide valuable opportunities for dialogue, sharing ideas, best practices, and challenges in implementing quality assurance in higher education institutions and libraries, both in South Africa and internationally. There will be a wealth of opportunities for networking and for discovering what others are doing and achieving in this crucial area which is affecting all HE institutions today. The conference will also provide an ideal opportunity for skills development.


The conference committee of the FOTIM Quality Assurance Forum, in partnership with CHELSA, invites proposals for papers and workshops from academics, practitioners and librarians working in the field of quality assurance. The committee welcomes papers based on practical experience or practical applications. Where possible, presenters are strongly encouraged to facilitate workshops of 2 hours duration to provide practical guidelines on quality assurance processes and procedures. Panel discussions will also be included in the programme.

The conference will run 2 parallel themes. The conference committee welcomes submissions that address the following:

Theme 1: Quality Assurance in Higher Education with the sub-themes:

• Institutional Audits: Most higher education institutions are currently preparing for, or recovering from the much anticipated institutional audits. The extensive investment in terms of time and effort during both these phases is evident. Much has already been said about philosophical approaches and theoretical frameworks regarding audits, therefore submissions should focus on the more practical aspects of, for example, preparation for an audit, creating awareness among staff, institutional reviews, developing institutional portfolios and improvement plans, and the ins-and-outs of “life after the audit”.

• Programme Reviews: Programme reviews are another challenge facing higher education institutions. The number of programmes to be reviewed and the lack of capacity to facilitate these review processes are only some of the concerns raised by both administrative and academic staff. Presenters are invited to share best practice and lessons learnt regarding review processes, as well as the utilisation of criteria for the purpose of reviews, etc.

• Community Engagement: Community engagement is often neglected, with more time and effort being given to the other three major aspects of the core business of higher education. The integration of teaching, learning and research is self-evident, but engagement activities and initiatives are often unstructured and uncoordinated. Submissions should create an opportunity to engage in debate regarding the sometimes questionable “added value” of such initiatives, and also the sharing of best practice on how to ensure that these initiatives are integrated with teaching, learning and research activities.

Theme 2: Quality Assurance and Quality Management in Higher Education Libraries

The conference will also aim to provide an opportunity to build capacity by sharing knowledge and practical experience in the field of quality management, specifically in libraries. Papers and workshops presented in this stream should also reflect on practical experience and focus specifically on any of the following:

• Practical experience regarding quality management frameworks utilised in libraries
• Guidelines regarding self-evaluation, specifically in libraries
• The role of the library in the preparation for the institutional audit and compiling the library section in the institutional portfolio
• Practical experience with the application of LIBQUAL in libraries


Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to jenny@fotim.ac.za as MSWord email attachments, with name, institution, designation and contact details on the same page. Abstracts for workshops should include specific outcomes and a description of the proposed interaction with delegates. Time allocated for presentations is 40 minutes, including a question / discussion period; and workshops will be 2 hours.


Meiring Naude Road
South Africa

Additional Information

Fee includes: Conference, handouts, lunches, teas, afternoon/evening function, CD-ROM. Not included: Accommodation, transport, entertainment and excursions. Registration fee: Registration and Payment deadline 12 June 2006 R 1,300 Early bird registration (closes 20 April 2006) R 1,500 Full conference fee (closes 12 June 2006) R 1,800 Late registration (all payments received after 12 June 2006) R 650 Early bird registration - per day (closes 20 April 2006) R 800 Day registration - per day (closes 12 June 2006) R 900 Late registration - per day (all payments received after 12 June 2006) For group discounts of 5+ and 10+ persons registering together, please contact Anke McCallum at anke@fotim.ac.za or on +27 11 318 2848 for an invoice. Please complete the registration form and submit online in order to complete your registration process. Please note that no letters of invitation for visa applications will be generated until registration fees have been paid in full and received into the FOTIM bank account. Please allow two to three weeks for international electronic payment to be processed by the banks. International delegates, please also contact Anke McCallum at anke@fotim.ac.za or on +27 11 318 2848 for a foreign currency invoice. Proof of payment is required to secure your place at the conference. Please fax your pro forma invoice and proof of payment to +27 11 717 9364. Your deposit or transfer MUST include your reference number in the reference block.