Ministry of Education

King Khalid University Partners With National Center for Educational and Professional Development

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center  King Khalid University, represented by the College of Education and the National Center for Educational and Professional Development at the Ministry of Education, launched an online summer training program. The program, consisting of a series of training programs delivered by the best faculty members, is in the third stage of the summer project for educational and professional development for the year 1441 AH / 2020 CE. Dean of the College of Education, Prof. Thabet bin Saeed Al-Kahlan, explained the program aims to develop professional educational practices in accord with Vision 2030. It also aims to foster the culture of professional educational development in line best practices in qualifying and training teachers. Dean Al-Kahlan confirmed that this partnership came under the guidance of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy and his leadership team.

Guidlines for Final Grades and Student Procedures Announced

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Following the Ministry of Education's directives during the COVID-19 global pandemic, King Khalid University reannounced the implementation of a flexible grading system and scheduling plans, noting that the spring 2020 semester will end on 23 April 2020. All classes were suspended on 8 March 2020, and classroom instruction continued through a successful transition to a fully virtual educational model under the guidance of the Deanship of E-Learning. Facing this unprecedented challenge, the development of student engagement guidelines were critical to success early on. This included a wide variety of assessments, which was conducted in Blackboard, on a weekly basis, totaling 60 marks. It is important to note that 60 marks are based on Blackboard assessments while 20 marks are based on the first progress test, which took place before 8 March 2020. To ease the burden on our students and minimize negative outcomes, not in their control, students will be provided an opportunity to review their grades until 23 April 2020 with options. Those options include the ability to withdraw from the semester without penalty and choose to apply a "No grade-Pass (NP)" or "No grade-Fail (NF)" to their courses. In the case of NP or NF, students will not be assigned grade point average (GPA) points, and therefore, this will not affect their GPA. The Deanship of Admissions and Registration also offers students the ability to apply grades of this semester if it is equal to or greater than the GPA of the prior semester, noting that this will ensure the best quality education possible and the most equitable manner of assessing student performance. Regarding the final exams, the university clarified they will begin on the 3rd of Ramadan 1441 AH with final exams accounting for 20% of the total grade. The Deanship of Admissions and Registration noted that students will be allotted 1 hour for each exam, except for some courses from the health colleges. Courses that do not require exams or courses that only require a graduation project will follow guidelines sent directly to their respective academic councils. On the topic of tuition, students who elected to withdrawal for this semester will be reimbursed in the form of credits applied towards next semester.

The Fourth Meeting of Universities with the Ministry of Education Designed to Bring Higher Education to the Next Level

Source:King Khalid University - Media Center Several of the university's college deans and senior administrators met with His Excellency, Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, along with other university leaders at Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss strategies for university development and efficiency improvements in light of the national goals set forth in Vision 2030. Vice Rector pro tem for Business and Knowledge Economy, Prof. Abdulatif Al-Hadathi, thanked His Excellency, the Minister of Education for sponsoring the meeting. Prof. Al-Hadathi noted that all of the nation's universities benefit from these regular strategy meetings with the Minister and his senior staff. Better educational outcomes, improved services and greater efficiency are attributable in part to these important strategic sessions. "These efforts are vital to the implementation of Vision 2030," he said. Vice Rector of Educational and Academic Affairs, Prof. Saad Du'ajim, stated that the Saudi universities are all working together with the Ministry of Education to improve academic programs, increase the depth and scope of academic research, and enhance economic efficiency in higher education throughout the Kingdom. He further noted that these leadership initiatives assure technological innovation and economic development in every sector; and that educational improvements will provide a larger and more vibrant labor market. King Khalid University General Supervisor of Vision 2030, Dr. Ali Al-Amir, explained that the workshops presented reviewed opportunities for improvement to support vision programs in various sectors. He also noted that the workshops included discussions of ways to implement advanced programs. Dr. Al-Amir praised the Ministry of Education's efforts to involve universities in the workshops because of the primary role of education in achieving the goals and objectives of Vision 2030.