ACADEMIC PROCESS MANAGAMENT IN L'VIV STATE ACADEMY OF FINANCE
In connection with the expansion of directions of educational activities of the Academy the Academic department was created in 2001. Its main task is to coordinate the work of the structural units of the academic process planning, organization and teaching resources development at the level of modern requirements.
Head of this organizational and managerial structural subdivision is Valentyna Mykhailivna Lekhka. Qualified professionals, most of whom have extensive teaching and practical experience, work at the Academic department. Methodologists Olha Ivanivna Pastushenko, Lyubov Oleksiivna Romanets, Halyna Ivanivna Kashchuk, Industrial Training Manager Viktor Petrovych Marinets', inspector Mariana Yaroslavivna Demko render assistance in the academic process management.
The Academic department activity areas:
academic process management
academic process organization at the full-time and correspondence forms of studies
specialists training quality management
organization and teaching resources development for students' practical training
The major tasks of the Academic department at the present stage of higher education development are the integration of the Academy system of education into European, harmonization of the contents of education and improvement of its methodology according to the social and technological transformations currently taking place in the Ukrainian area of higher education.
The Academic department was the initiator of the introduction of modular rating system of the academic process management, which has been widely implemented in the Academy since 2006. Joining the European area of higher education determines the current stage of the department's activity, which is characterized by intensive preparation of teaching materials, the revision of the Academy's educational activities management principles in terms of the Bologna process, implementation of the Credit Transfer and Accumulation System of academic process management. Steps are being made to ensure accelerated and innovative development of education. Conditions for students' self-affirmation and self-development are being created.
Following Rector's order the Coordination Board for the introduction of CTSAPO elements was created headed by the first vice-rector Natalia Stepanivna Sytnyk. Elements of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) were implemented in all groups of the full-time and correspondence forms of studies. The Academy staff realizes that a crucial factor in providing high quality training is formation of the contents of education taking into account the requirements of the time and trends of social development. To put these important tasks into practice a plan for Bologna process materials implementation into the Academy higher education system has been developed and approved, terms have been defined and people responsible have been appointed.
The lecturing staff is familiar with the regulations on the modernization of higher education within the framework of the Bologna process. Contacts with the basic regional higher educational establishments i.e. L'viv National University named after I.Franko, Kiev National Economic University and the educational establishments of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the implementation of the modular rating system of academic process management have been established.
Departments' methodological committees conduct seminars on higher education modernization. Scientific seminars on current issues of ECTS introduction regularly take place at the Department of Humanities and Social studies of the Academy. Associate Professors L.A.Bobko, I.Yu. Karpinsky, and M.P. Kopel'chak share their experience on the subject. Leading scientists from the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology of professional education of the APS of Ukraine, the Department of Humanities and Social studies of the Academic department and leading scientists of I. Franko Lviv National University contribute to the traditional discussions on the subject of "Modernization of Higher Education and the Bologna process”.
An important component of academic activity is knowledge assessment system. Only the most appropriate approaches to students' knowledge assessment are studied and eventually introduced into the academic process. New criteria of knowledge evaluation according to the ECTS scale are used; a new technique for transferring conventional grades used in the Ukrainian system of evaluation into the ECTS ones is being worked out. The ECTS elements implementation monitoring is being carried out.
Special attention is paid to the scientific research activities of the Academy's lecturing staff. The Regulation which governs methodological aspects of the departments' and teachers' performance has been worked out. Methodological Board of the Academy and methodological committees at the departments serve the needs of the academic process. Topical issues of academic process management are discussed at the meetings of the Methodological Board. Interesting discussion took place on delivering the scientific report by Associate Professor O.I. Dzhulyk and senior lecturer H.R Malynovska "Bologna process as the harmonization of the European system of higher education”. Professor H.P.Vasyanovych shared his thoughts and scientific achievements concerning the issues of pedagogical ethics and the teacher's moral responsibility.
Modal classes have become traditional in the Academy. Professors M.V. Rymar and H.P.Vasyanovych, associate professors Vasylkiv I.M., Kopel'chakM.P., and O.M.Pikhotska, senior lecturer V.P Marynets, young teachers D.V.Popovych, N.Z.Lozan, and others shared their experience in conducting lectures, seminars and practical classes.
The new contents of education require new qualitative approaches to students' independent work as well. It has concrete content characteristics and it is managed, checked and assessed by the teacher. The experience on the students' independent work management accumulated by the Departments of Finance, Economics and Entrepreneurship and Social and Humanitarian Subjects has been studied and generalized. The experience gained by the Department of Accounting and Auditing, Tax, Budget and Treasury affairs on the students' independent work management, which is carried out making use of authentic materials given by the Tax Authorities, the State Treasury and Control and Revision Office (CRO), is worth studying.
The focus of all staffs attention is on practical training of future specialists. Academic, industrial and pre-diploma training have been included into the curricula for all specialities. Annually different institutions are chosen as places for carrying out practical training. They are Tax Administration, Financial Authorities, the State Treasury, Control and Revision Service, Insurance Agencies, Banks, Centralized accounting departments, enterprises and institutions of different forms of ownership. Corresponding agreements are concluded with them, training supervisors from those institutions being appointed. Recently some L'viv banking institutions have tended to make a request to Lviv State Academy of Finance to send its students to undergo practical training there. Feedback analysis shows that the students of the "Finance” and "Accounting and Auditing” specialties possess sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge. Specialized Departments such as the Department of Finance (Professor P.Yu.Buryak as Head of the Department), Accounting and Auditing (Professor E.M Romaniv as Head of the Department), Economical Cybernetics (Professor B.VAndrievskii as Head of Department), Taxes, Budget and Treasury Affairs (Professor M.V.Rymar as Head of the Department) are the basic ones in managing practical training and providing methodological support. New approaches to practical training management on the basis of social partnership with industrialists and businessmen of the L'viv region are being introduced. Practical classes in professionally-oriented courses are conducted on the materials given by financial institutions, tax offices, insurance agencies, banks and L'viv enterprises.
Practical workers who are entrusted with delivering lectures and giving practical classes, supervising course and diploma papers such as: Professor Ye.M.Romaniv, Chief of the Regional Control and Revision Committee; professor Pikhotskyy V.F., Head of the Areal Administration of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine in L'viv, Volyn, Rivne and Ternopil regions, V.V.Horalko, Deputy Head of the Central Financial Committee of L'viv Regional State Administration, L.V.Pankevych, Head of the State Treasury Office in L'viv region; O.R.Safin, Deputy Head of the Central Committee of the Pension Fund of Ukraine in Lviv region; Ya.M. Pyshnyk, senior consultant of the Lviv Regional Advise Center of the "Reform of the Local Budgets of Ukraine” project, pass their knowledge and skills to the students.
The Academy staff place high demands on spirituality and morality of norms, needs and views, and on the acquisition of vocational and social experience by future professionals.