In order to enhance the level of its education and research and to fulfill its social mission, Kanagawa University carries out self-assessment and evaluation of all aspects of university activity, including its academic endeavors, organization, and finances.
To fulfill its responsibilities to society, Kanagawa University undergoes thirdparty evaluations on the basis of its internal assessments and evaluations, and actively publicizes the results.
The university launched its own internal self-assessment and evaluation activities in 1992. The government’s amendment of the Standards for Establishment of Universities in 1999 mandated self-assessments and evaluations by universities. In that same year, Kanagawa University undertook a university-wide self-assessment and evaluation program. In the 2000 academic year, the university underwent evaluation by peer review by the incorporated foundation Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA; a public interest incorporated foundation since April 2012).
In the 2014 academic year, Kanagawa University conducted a university-wide self-assessment and evaluation, and underwent evaluation by JUAA in the 2015 academic year. As a result, in March 2016, Kanagawa University was accredited as meeting JUAA’s University Standards. (Period of accreditation: Until March 31, 2023)
In a recent trend in higher education in Japan, evaluation (accreditation) systems of bodies such as Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) and reports by the Central Council for Education have demanded that universities implement education reforms based on “Three Policies,” including a Degree Awarding Policy, and take systematic, autonomous action to guarantee internal quality.
Kanagawa University undertakes ongoing assessments and evaluations of its education, research, and other activities, doing so primarily through a full-faculty committee chaired by the vice-president. The committee cooperates with the university’s organizations to promote autonomous improvement and reform in accordance with the PDCA cycle. In the 2014 academic year, the committee compiled an Inspection and Evaluation Report containing ten chapters that cover topics ranging from the university’s principles and aims to internal quality assurance. The education and community contribution activities recorded in this report were highly regarded as strong points in the university accreditation. Kanagawa University takes a serious view toward the issues pointed out in the accreditation assessment, and is making appropriate efforts towards improvement.
Our faculty and staff members will continue to apply themselves to the tasks of education, research, and community engagement, while taking these activities to a higher level through inspection and assessment activities and fulfilling the university’s responsibilities as an institution of higher learning in Japan.
Kanagawa University’s various policies, the Inspection and Evaluation Report, and other information are openly disclosed to the public through our website and publications.