Quality is important to us. It is a central factor in the success of the UAS Grisons. Therefore, the UAS Grisons understands quality as a variable that is consistently aligned with the expectations and requirements of its stakeholders. Quality management therefore means not only ensuring existing competences, but also developing them further.
A university-specific feature of the UAS Grisons quality management is the integration of innovation and quality management through a close interlocking of the university strategy and its quality management. With the strategic higher education goals being mutually aligned with quality and being mirrored in both the higher education strategy and the quality assurance strategy. This applies to both values and structural specifications of the UAS Grisons. Find out more under:
Our understanding of quality
Quality assurance strategy
The quality assurance strategy of the UAS Grisons is defined for each strategic period of the UAS and provides an answer to the question of which goals the UAS Grisons wants to achieve with regards to quality. It explains the legal basis as well as the embedment of and coordination with the university strategy. The quality assurance strategy contains the guidelines for the quality assurance system and makes statements about the UAS Grisons understanding of quality, values and principles of action and specifies design and implementation guidelines. It contains the quality goals for the strategic period (intranet) including the corresponding indicators and target values at the end of the strategy period.
The quality assurance strategy of the UAS Grisons is available to employees of the UAS Grisons on the intranet.
Quality assurance system
The quality assurance system of the UAS Grisons defines - based on the guidelines of the quality assurance strategy - the procedures, regulations, mechanisms and measures for the quality assurance and development of the UAS Grisons. The quality assurance system provides an answer to the question of how the goals set out in the quality assurance strategy are to be achieved through structure, processes, and instruments.
The quality assurance system of the UAS Grisons is available to employees of the UAS Grisons on the intranet.
For a continuous review and development of our quality, our most important instrument is the quality assurance control loop. Based on the PDCA cycle, the activities are divided into sector goals (Plan), measures (Do), evaluation (Check) and quality development (Act). Based on the results of the evaluation, the development for the next cycle takes place. The PDCA cycle is applied at all levels and in all quality areas.
Internal quality assurance and development
Quality (intranet) must be checked and further developed. Evaluations and internal surveys in teaching, research, studies and of employees at the UAS Grisons contribute to this. The data and findings collected through evaluations and surveys support the regular review of the effectiveness of quality assurance. They help to identify weak points, which can lead to quality development through appropriate measures.
The following evaluations and internal surveys are regularly carried out at the UAS Grisons:
The legal framework defines the basic features of the quality assurance strategy and the quality assurance system. The institutional accreditation was granted to the then HTW Chur on 21st June 2018 with conditions. The fulfilment of the conditions was approved by the Swiss Accreditation Council (SAR) in August 2020.
FIBAA - «Excellent in Digital Teaching»
The University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons was the first university in Switzerland to be awarded the seal "Excellent in Digital Teaching" by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). On the one hand, the UAS Grisons as a whole and on the other hand, the Multimedia Production degree programme were awarded the seal. The FIBAA seal "Excellent in Digital Teaching" distinguishes higher education institutions in the DACH region in five quality standards in the area of digital teaching.
Participation in quality
At the UAS Grisons, everyone contributes to quality and shares responsibility for quality development. To implement quality assurance and development, the Head of QA+QD has been entrusted with the management of the Quality Conference (QC) (intranet). The permanent members of the QC represent the departments and divisions as well as the quality areas of the UAS Grisons. The QC accompanies and reviews the implementation of the quality assurance strategy and the quality development measures. It coordinates the implementation of measures between the organisational units and departments. As an advisory body, the QC advises and supports the university leadership in quality assurance and development.