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Redefining “BEST Practices” Template for Higher Education Institutes

Balachandra V Adkoli

Keywords : Accreditation, Appreciative inquiry, Higher education, Quality assurance

Citation Information : Adkoli B V. Redefining “BEST Practices” Template for Higher Education Institutes. 2021; 4 (3):74-76.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-03119

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 09-09-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


BEST practices constitute a key indicator prescribed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for accreditation of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in India. NAAC has prescribed six metrics for assessing and rating BEST practices across the board. These templates are essential, but not adequate for telling the complete story about the success or the lessons learned. In response to this, the author has proposed a simpler and user-friendly template called “BEST template” to represent the four developmental stages of any innovation or BEST practice: Beginning, expansion, success, and take home. A narrative based on these four components can be effectively used by the HEIs for self-evaluation as well as for motivating others to initiate similar efforts. A suggestive checklist has been provided to objectivize the process of narration. Guidelines have been given for the effective implementation of the template.

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