In the third plenary session of the Self-Assessment process, the members of the 4 Subcommissions had reasons to celebrate: a successful consultation of key informants allows them to face critical analysis in a timely and easy way, thanks to the fact that the results of the survey are available at line, through the Phoenix platform.
In May of 2019, when they were just constituted as Subcommittees, the work of massively calling on the university community to express their assessments of the institutional direction in those aspects evaluated by the National Accreditation Commission, CNA, seemed distant and difficult.
Four months later, the task is done and the 130 members of the Subcommittees face the critical analysis subphase, comparing institutional data with the standard of other similar institutions and the perception of key informants. All, to culminate in a diagnosis of strengths and weaknesses that guide improvement actions.
Thus, the third plenary session was the instance in which the subcommittees heard from the Executive Committee of Self-Assessment, the overall result of the Consultation to Key Informants and learned about the dashboards in which they will be able to access the data, consult with specific filters and enrich the critical analysis.
“One of the advantages of having Phoenix and intelligence systems for institutional information is that processes like this gain agility and access. In less than a week it was possible to collect the tabulated data on the platform and give access to each of the members of the Subcommittees ”, explained the Director of Strategic Development and Quality ULS, Dr. César Espíndola, who, accompanied by the Director of the Center of Computing and Computing (CICULS), Mg. Andrés Moya, realized how the planned and mandated by the Subcommissions was carried out successfully in the fulfillment of self-imposed goals and in record time.
Likewise, both presented the dashboards to visualize the results of the institutional surveys, organized by key informants, namely academics / teachers, non-academic officials, undergraduate students, postgraduate students, graduates, postgraduates , collaborating institutions and employers.
Overcoming Weaknesses Previous Agreement, Teaching area
During the plenary session, the presentation of the status of overcoming weaknesses in the Undergraduate Teaching area of the 2016 accreditation agreement was also made.
As the area of Linking with the Environment did in the previous plenary session, the weaknesses reported by the Agreement were reviewed one by one and judgments and evidence were given regarding their status of overcoming, constituting a highly interesting instance for the audience that contributed with New information, complementing the report.
The ones in charge of accounting for the Teaching area were the Academic Vice Chancellor, Dr. Alejandra Torrejón, and the Director of Teaching, Dr. Pamela Labra.
From data to stories and vice versa
Finally, and in view of the process of drafting the Self-Assessment Report of each subcommission, the Director of Strategic Communication ULS, Mg. Carola Espinoza, held a Corporate Storytelling workshop, in response to the need to prepare a self-assessment report that balances data communication with the communication of institutional stories, emphasizing that the objective of the process is the culture of continuous improvement of the quality and for that, he explained, it is necessary to communicate a story and not just inform.
“Sometimes we forget that the data, by themselves, helps us understand reality, but they are not enough to push the improvement action. They help us to become aware, but they do not necessarily activate our vital energy towards change. That is why the invitation, from the communicational point of view, is to take advantage of this self-assessment process to reinforce our identity, convert the objective of continuous improvement into a shared purpose that gives us internal unity and tunes us around making the ULS a better university every day. ”He sentenced.
The next plenary will be held next November 13, date on which the Subcommittees will deliver a first draft of their respective chapters, in order to receive guidance from the Executive Committee.
If the planning continues, in mid-December, the work of the Subcommittees will be completed and the integral construction of the Institutional Self-Assessment Report will be completed.