The quantitative evaluation method in Education Policy Analysis was continuously criticized for evaluating universities only through indices such as employment rate and reinforcement rate of enrolled students.
These indicators worked greatly to the disadvantage of several specialized universities such as art colleges.
To solve such problems, Ministry of Education reduced the scale of private university’s employment rate index to 15 percent, 5 percent lower than the former scale of 20 percent.
The reinforcement rate of enrolled students index was also adjusted to 17.5 percent, which is 2.5 percent lowered.
Instead, the securing rate of faculty, curriculum operation index and relaxation exponent of tuition burden index have an increased portion of 2.5 percent, which takes 12.5 percent, 22.5 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively.
Those who have been employed within campus are only regarded for 3 percent while those who have already been employed before admittance to the university is disregarded.
These revised quantitative evaluations will be applied in the first step of the evaluation process, and then the universities ranked at the bottom 30 percent will be subjected to an additional qualitative evaluation.
The results of the quantitative evaluation from the first step will be 70 percent reflected at the final evaluation, along with the 30 percent of qualitative evaluation results. The qualitative evaluation includes written screening and onsite screening process.
“The new regulation will be phased in starting from this year,” said Lim Ho-young, a research fellow at the Korean Council for University Education. “The implementation of the qualitative evaluation system will prove universities’ competitiveness and unique features, which were not discovered through the quantitative evaluation. The modified evaluation process will help the former unsupported universities receive financial aids.”
Several other changes in the evaluation process of the Education Policy Analysis Plan have also been made.
Integrity of accountant index is newly added in evaluating national and public universities and teacher training colleges.
In the case of teacher training colleges, the pass rate of teacher certification examination became an important factor in the evaluation.
For national and public universities, the support fund will be curtailed or confiscated if the university fails to remain policies to improve the system for direct election of the university president.