The QA Manual sets out the policies and procedures adopted by the College and agreed with QQI, which are designed to ensure the quality of programmes and services at the College. They are designed to be consistent with the policies, standards and requirements of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, which is the academic awarding body for ICHAS programmes and through that, with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
Strategic Aims from 2018 to 2022
During the period of the Strategic Plan from 2012 – 2017, the College and its activities were significantly influenced by rapid and continuous changes in the economic, technological and political environment, as well as the changes underway in the Irish higher education. The College delivered on most of the stated strategic aims over the past five year cycle. However, given the economic climate, projected growth in student numbers was revised and a strategic decision was made to modify this aim and to achieve diversity through consolidation and collaboration. Therefore, the college has not substantially grown learner numbers and, as indicated, has decided to consolidate student numbers in the region of between 600 – 700 in total. It is expected that the College will not exceed those numbers in the next five years.
Therefore, the revised strategic aims for the period from 2018 to 2022 are as follows;
- To consolidate the diversity of learners and growth in learner numbers within a student population of between 600 – 700 students.
- To continue to develop a suite of relevant academic programmes and career-focused life-long learning alone and in partnership with other HECA Colleges.
- To enrich the teaching and learning experience for all learners and staff.
- To continue to employ and expand innovative approaches to programme support and delivery.
- To further strengthen external engagement and public confidence in the College
- To advance the governance structure and systems within the College.