Technical Support Assessment (VIRTUAL INSTITUTIONS)
The TSA assesses an institution's ability to support technology needs, such as hardware, software, network, and security, to provide a seamless and secure learning experience for students, faculty, and staff.
The Technical Support Assessment (TSA) is a standard used by the Global Education Accrediting Commission (GEAC) to evaluate an educational institution's technical support infrastructure. The TSA assesses an institution's ability to support technology needs, such as hardware, software, network, and security, to provide a seamless and secure learning experience for students, faculty, and staff. This overview will be divided into several sections to provide a detailed understanding of the TSA.
I. Purpose of the TSA
The primary purpose of the TSA is to ensure that an educational institution has the technical support infrastructure necessary to deliver quality education in a technology-driven environment. The TSA assesses an institution's ability to provide reliable, efficient, and secure technology services to support its academic programs and administrative functions.
II. Components of the TSA
The TSA has several components that assess different aspects of an institution's technical support infrastructure, including:
A. Hardware and Software
The TSA evaluates an institution's hardware and software infrastructure, including computers, servers, and other technology devices. It assesses whether these devices meet the necessary technical requirements to support the institution's academic programs and administrative functions.
B. Network Infrastructure
The TSA assesses an institution's network infrastructure, including the network topology, bandwidth, security, and reliability. It ensures that the institution's network infrastructure is capable of supporting the institution's academic programs and administrative functions.
C. Security Infrastructure
The TSA evaluates an institution's security infrastructure, including security policies, procedures, and technology tools. It ensures that the institution has implemented appropriate security measures to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and systems.
D. Technical Support Services
The TSA assesses an institution's technical support services, including help desk, user support, and technical training services. It evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of these services and ensures that they are available to all users and meet their needs.
III. Process of the TSA
The TSA process involves several steps, including:
Institutions seeking accreditation must first conduct a self-assessment of their technical support infrastructure. This self-assessment is used to identify any areas of weakness or opportunities for improvement.
B. External Review
After the self-assessment, an external team of evaluators visits the institution to conduct an evaluation of the institution's technical support infrastructure. This evaluation includes interviews with staff and faculty, a review of relevant documents, and an assessment of the institution's technical support services.
C. Report and Recommendations
The external team of evaluators prepares a report detailing their findings and recommendations regarding the institution's technical support infrastructure. This report is submitted to the GEAC committee for review and a final decision.
IV. Benefits of the TSA
The TSA provides several benefits for institutions seeking accreditation, including:
A. Improved Technical Support Infrastructure
The TSA helps institutions improve their technical support infrastructure by identifying areas where they can enhance their technology services and support.
B. Enhanced Learning Environment
Institutions with robust technical support infrastructure can provide a better learning environment for students by offering reliable, efficient, and secure technology services.
C. Competitive Advantage
Institutions that meet the TSA standards are recognized for their excellence in technical support infrastructure, which can provide a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff.