Codes of Practise

This handbook is complementary to the Quality Assurance Handbook published by the CVCD and UGC in July 2002. Both handbooks are the result of collaborative work undertaken between the CVCD/UGC, universities and professional bodies in 2002 and 2003. This work builds on the successful project begun in 2001 to develop and implement a comprehensive quality assurance system for Sri Lankan higher educatio

The Academic Procedures Handbook is made up of following six parts:

  1. Code of Practice on Assessment of Students;
  2. Code of Practice on Career Guidance;
  3. Code of Practice on External Assessors;
  4. Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Programmes;
  5. Code of Practice on Programme Approval, Monitoring and Review;
  6. Code of Practice on Student Support and Guidance;
  7. Code of Practice on Staff Development;
  8. Code of Practice on Student Feedback
  9. Code of Practice on Peer Observation
  10. Code of Practice on External Degrees
  11. Code of Academic Accountability for Academic Staff in Sri Lankan University System

The purpose of the Academic Procedures Handbook is to provide a reference point for all universities, covering the main aspects of academic standards and the quality of education. The six Codes reflect consensus amongst universities and other groups on the key elements of good practice, which support the student learning experience.

The Codes may be added to over time, to reflect developments in Universities and Nationally.

The existence of an Academic Procedures Handbook providing guidance on good practice at National level greatly facilitates the implementation of Quality Assurance mechanisms and the sustenance and enhancement of quality in the Universities within the overarching quality framework described at the end of the book. Individual universities will be expected to use the Academic Procedures Handbook to guide their own developing practice and to supplement it with local handbooks that reflect particular context and requirements of individual institutions. The purpose of the Academic Procedures Handbook is to provide a reference point for all universities, covering the main aspects of academic standards and the quality of education. The six Codes reflect consensus amongst universities and other groups on the key elements of good practice, which support the student learning experience. The Codes may be added to over time, to reflect developments in Universities and Nationally. The existence of an Academic Procedures Handbook providing guidance on good practice at National level greatly facilitates the implementation of Quality Assurance mechanisms and the sustenance and enhancement of quality in the Universities within the overarching quality framework described at the end of the book. Individual universities will be expected to use the Academic Procedures Handbook to guide their own developing practice and to supplement it with local handbooks that reflect particular context and requirements of individual institutions.