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Journal:   TEB VA TAZKIEH   SPRING 2010 , Volume - , Number 76; Page(s) 65 To 72.
 
Paper:  RANKING OF UNIVERSITIES OF MEDICAL SCIENCES BASED ON THEIR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: SETTING INDICATORS
 
Author(s):  HAGH DOOST ALI AKBAR, SHOGHI SHAFAGH ARIA FARANGIS, MOMTAZ MANESH NADER, CHANGIZ TAHEREH
 
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Abstract: 
Systematic monitoring of the performance of a system is one of the main components for continuous quality improvement. This general rule is also applicable in higher education; ranking of universities scores in their educational activities could force them to work more determined compatible with the national long-term plan.
Based on this logic, the education deputy of the ministry of health and medical education requested a team of experts to develop a comprehensive plan for ranking of medical universities with special attention to the following aspects: 1. Easy to implement, 2. Exploring comprehensive indicators, 3. Assessing education processes not measuring merely inputs, 4. Expandable 5. Joinable with the scores of other departments in order to create a comprehensive score for the assessment of the performance of universities, 6. Compatible with long-term national objectives in higher education.
Having used the maximum capacity in the country by seeking actively the contribution of experts, a tool with 20 indicators was developed; one indicator measures the quantity of human resources in each university in order to standardize the scores of other indicators, and 19 performance indicators as follow: 1, 2) newly approved or disapproved educational programs, 3) type and content of long term comprehensive programs of universities in their educational affairs and their monitoring schemes of 4, 5, 6) the administration of strategic committees in the management of educational affairs 7) budgeting and recourse allocation 8) recruitment of new academic staff 9) stability of executive team in education system 10) transparency of websites 11) internal consistency of students' scores 12) the rate of acceptance of students in higher degrees 13) the performance of education development centers 14) the performance of continuous medical education centers 15) the assessment of MOH managers from the performance of universities 16) the participation of universities in national educational festivals, 17) educational innovations 18) the responsiveness of universities to address to the community needs, and 19) the role of ethics in education system in universities In this model, the detailed definition of these indicators, their assessment checklists and their weight were validated; in addition a guideline for the data collection process was developed.
 
Keyword(s): RANKING, EDUCATION, INDICATOR, MONITORING, EVALUATION, PERFORMANCE
 
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