- Lake Basin College
Lake Basin College takes quality education at the centre of it’s training, ensuring that programmes are taught by qualified staff and the benefits from advice of quality assurance specialists in higher education such as Dr. Rispa Odongo.
Dr. Rispa Odongo holds a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D) in Higher Education Leadership from Walden University (USA), Master of Science Degree in Animal Production and Health from the University of Edinburgh (U.K), Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), a Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Assurance from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and a Certificate in External Quality Assurance by UNESCO / IIEP.
She is a member of the Board of Governors of Marist International University College, Kenya, where she provides expertise on quality assurance.
She was the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the development of African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in higher education (ASG-QA), as one of the tools for Harmonization of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative, a Pan African Quality Assurance and Accreditation System (PAQAF). The ASG-QA aims at contributing to the common understanding of quality assurance for learning and teaching across the African continent and among stakeholders. The initiative is supported by Africa Union and the European Union. The TWG has also developed a model methodology for external reviews of QAAs in Africa. In December 2018, she chaired a Panel of three reviewers that conducted pilot external review on National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE), Egypt, using the ASG-QA and the methodology.
Between April/May 2018 and August/September 2018, she provided technical assistance to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Namibia for the implementation of the Institutional Quality Audit Sub-System. She successfully achieved the following deliverables: prepared an inception report highlighting key activities, work plan, and timelines; provided training to higher education institutions (HEIs) and staff of the NCHE; chaired an institutional quality audit panel for a HEI, and facilitated production of an institutional quality audit report thereof; prepared weekly progress reports on agreed activities of the consultancy; and produced a final assignment report including recommendations on the quality audit sub-system, NCHE procedures of operations, and policy directions for improvement of NCHE.
Dr. Odongo developed Quality Assurance training modules for for higher education on behalf of IUCEA/UNESCO in 2018/2019. In 2019, she trained Quality Assurance staff of quality assurance agencies from Southern African countries on External Quality Assurance for Higher Education on behalf of IIEP/UNESCO (blended module).
In March 2019, she supported the Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN) to facilitate a workshop at the University of Nairobi, Kenya on Good Practices in quality assurance in higher education to enlighten QA agencies and HEIs on current developments in QA and providing a forum for sharing good practices. Dr. Odongo has presented papers on EQA at national, regional and international conferences.
Dr. Rispa Achieng’ Odongo (Ed.D)