In India, the quality and performance of its higher education institutes are continuously monitored by the University Grants Commission, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, and the national institutional ranking framework. The universities are assessed and accredited based on seven criteria that carry 1000 marks. Out of the seven criteria, student support and progression have a 14% weightage for universities and autonomous colleges; for affiliated colleges, this is 10%, carrying 100 marks. This study considers the colleges in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, where only one government college and two private colleges are accredited with an ‘A’ grade by the national assessment and accreditation council. The remaining institutes are yet to catch up to the quality benchmark and good grades. To achieve this, it is essential for all such institutes to improve their student support and progression performance. This chapter analyses the performance of such institutes and offers suggestions to improve their performance in the assessment process.
Keywords: Curriculum feedback, E-learning, Education system, Feedback analysis, Fifth criterion, Group learning, Higher education, Mentoring system, NAAC assessment, Placements, Prominence, Quality augmentation, Srikakulam, Student enrollment, Student support, Ward register.