In readiness to the audit and as procedurally required, the Commission inducted and commissioned audit panels on the Monday 20th November 2017 at which pertinent issues pertaining parameters identified for the two set of audits were presented by CUE Secretariat.
Key among them were: purpose and principles of audit, university governance, institutional and academic resources, quality assurances mechanisms, benchmarking, research and community outreach.
Commission inducting Peer reviewers at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) ahead of the countrywide audit early this year.
The Head of Quality Audit Department, Mrs. Lynette G. Kisaka said the exercise was part of the Division of Quality Audit headed by Deputy Commission Secretary (DCS) Prof. Anne Nangulu.
Prof. Nangulu said the audit exercise is key in entrenching quality in the universities as prescribed in the legislative framework; the Universities Act and subsidiary legislative; the Universities Regulations, 2014 provisions.
The Universities Act Section 5(h) provides for Quality Audits/ inspections of universities with a view of adhering to the provisions of the act and universities regulations in particular, section 17 and 18. The regulations provides the procedure for the audit, from the preparation of SelfAssessment Reports by universities, their review to the audit outcome. Once the audit is complete, the university is provided with a signed exit report issued at the close of the audit day and a comprehensive audit report after correction of factual errors if any by the audited universities.
Chairman of the panel Prof. James Kombo (2nd right), Prof. Anne Nangulu(right) and other audit panel members in a quality audit session in the University of Nairobi conducted in January 2017.
The final audit report as required in Regulation 17 (6), forms the basis of the Commission that obliges the university to address issues identified (if any). “The Commission will send a detailed report setting out the matters the issues the institution need to address and the institution shall have one year to do so,” reads the regulation in part. Once an institution has addressed the issues for the case of Regular Institutional Quality audit, it shall be issued with a certificate of audit.
In the event an institution is found to been grossly violating its objectives and the affected institution is unable or unwilling to address the audit issues, regulation 17 (7,b), allows the Commission to revoke its Charter and impose penalties provided in the Act. Another set of three universities; Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Daystar University and Great Lakes University of Kisumu were also audited under regular institutional quality audit in December 2017.