Oslo National Academy of the Arts criticized for significant shortcomings after audit

Oslo National Academy of the ArtsPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB
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The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) has received criticism for the quality of the school after an audit from Nokut. They believe that the school must implement significant measures.

An expert committee has carried out the audit. Their recommendation has been sent to KHiO, which has the opportunity to make a public statement, the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (Nokut) stated.

“The expert committee believes that the sum of the shortcomings is of such a nature that KHiO must implement significant measures for the committee to have confidence that the quality work is ensured and further develops the educational quality at the college,” Nokut director Kristin Vinje said.

The committee concluded that KHiO has significant shortcomings in its systematic quality work.

Several requirements not met

In the recommendation, the committee concludes that several of the requirements for the systematic quality work have not been met. They concern:

* Work with students’ learning environment.

* Carrying out periodic evaluations of the study offers.

* The systematic work to promote a quality culture among staff and students.

* Use of knowledge from the quality work to develop the quality of the study offers and uncover any failing quality.

Case to be processed in October

According to the plan, Nokut’s board will make a decision on the case in October.

“If Nokut’s board makes a decision in line with the expert committee’s recommendations, KHiO will have a deadline of one year to document that the deficiencies have been rectified,” Vinje said.

Nokut will then carry out a new inspection, and KHiO will have to document that they have rectified the deficiencies. If they fail to do so by the deadline, they lose the right to accredit new studies themselves.

BI and School of Sport Sciences approved

Nokut has also carried out audits at BI Norwegian Business School and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. They have concluded that the quality work at the two schools is satisfactory.

“Nokut contributes to society being able to have confidence that the quality of education in Norway is good. Through the audits, we check that the universities and colleges have good systems and routines for ensuring and further developing the quality of their studies,” Vinje noted.

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