Dr. Mrs Jemimah Timothy Ekanem
Quality Assurance as a Directorate was established by the immediate past
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eno James Ibanga in 2016 with the core mandate to
administer and facilitate the operations of Akwa Ibom State University’s
Quality assurance and Improvement of policies, procedures and adherence to
standard practices for the overall benefit of the University system. Professor
Ijeoma A. Archibong was the first Director from January to December 2016 and
Dr. Edet William Nsi was appointed to succeed her in March, 2017. Dr. (mrs)
Jemimah Timothy Ekanem is the third in series having been duly appointed in
February 1, 2020.
Structure of the directorate
Quality Assurance Directorate (QAD) is an integral part of the Vice
Chancellor’s office and it is headed by a Director. It has quality assurance
representatives from each Department and Faculty, who work with the Director in
achieving the set standards for the University. The Director, Quality Assurance
(QA) is the chairman of implementation/monitoring committee for the strategic
plan of the University. The Directorate is structured along two major Units:
The Standards Compliance and Enforcement Unit and Staff/Student Evaluation and
Vision and mission
Vision Statement: to inculcate and promote the culture of quality in the businesses of all stakeholders of the University in order to achieve competitive advantage in the higher education sector
Quality assurance operations
Quality assurance (QA) is a whole process whereby standards are maintained; it is a regulatory mechanism that focuses on accountability and improvements to give guarantee to stakeholders that goods and services will consistently meet standard; it is a process that offers satisfaction in terms of standards, to stakeholders. In the University context, QA entails a variety of procedures intended to improve/promote learning conditions and protect academic standards.
To provide such assurance, a system of quality management is necessary.
Part of this system will be quality control, whereby conformity with standards
is checked and steps are taken if conformity is not achieved. The quality
management system may be checked to see if it actually exists and works; this
is a quality audit. The products or services may be checked externally to see
if standards are being met; this is quality assessment. There must be a
commitment to improvement and development; this entails quality improvement or
On the whole, the Unit is responsible for monitoring quality performance, through assessment and evaluation of the university’s activities on regular basis, in order to receive feedbacks for amelioration and thus promote productivity and development.