TYPES OF QUALITY ASSURANCE DOCUMENTS
One of the functions of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) is to accredit programmes, qualifications and higher education providers (HEPs).
With this in mind, MQA continuously develops and reviews quality assurance documents namely Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF), Code of Practice for Programme Accreditation (COPPA), Code of Practice for Institutional Audit (COPIA), guidelines to good practices (GGP), programme standards (PS) and standards.
Among others, these documents' development involve inputs from subject matter experts and MQA stakeholders besides benchmarking to international good practices.
Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) is an instrument that develops and classifies qualifications based on a set of criteria that are approved nationally and benchmarked against international best practices, and which clarifies the earned academic levels, learning outcomes of study areas and credit system based on student academic load.
Code of practice is a guideline for all the stakeholders about the nine quality assurance evaluation areas for quality assurance purposes.
Criteria set based on what is considered the minimum level that should be attained by the HEPs to ensure academic programme in a particular field of study can be adequately delivered. It covers all the MQF qualification levels; from certificate up to doctoral degree.
Standards document sets general guideline of certain qualification levels based on the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF).
The documents are part of a series of guidelines that are similarly designed to assist HEPs implement the practices and standards listed in COPPA and COPIA (the Codes of Practice).