The 10 Shifts
Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education)

Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balanced Graduates

This Shift aims to develop holistic, entrepreneurial, and balanced graduates in line with the National Education Philosophy.Such graduates would have relevant disciplinary knowledge and skills (ilmu), ethics and morality (akhlak), along with the appropriate mindsets, behaviors, cultural and civilisational literacy (beradab) to advance them to a high level of personal well-being, and enable them to contribute to the harmony and betterment of the family, society, nation, and global community.

iCGPA : Integrated Assessment and Reporting Mechanism on Student’s Performance

iCGPA is an integrated mechanism for assessing and reporting of students’ development and performance as well as learning gains of their ethics, knowledge and abilities. The reporting illustrates attainment of attributes outlined in the six student aspirations stipulated in the MEB (HE) as well as the eight domains of learning outcomes listed in the Malaysian Qualifications Framework. It is an integrated assessment mechanism that is aimed to assist various stakeholders in making decisions or planning for improvement. The purpose of this mechanism is to drive development and alignment in curriculum design, delivery and assessment at programme level and at course level focussing on student’s learning experience towards development of a holistic and balanced human being.

iCGPA Action Plan

Initiative Implementation Roadmap:

Wave 1 (2015)

Initiate development of integrated assessment methodology led by pilot HLIs.

Wave 2 (2016 – 2020)

Launch and implement integrated assessment system by HLIs.

Wave 3 (2021 – 2025)

Refine and improve integrated assessment framework across all public and HLIs.

Six Steps for Generation of an iCGPA Spider Web

Outcome Based Curriculum

A curriculum comprising of programme learning outcomes and course learning outcomes mapped clearly in a curriculum plan/matrix.

Course Assessment Plan

Development of a course assessment plan that conforms to constructive alignment.

Appropriate Assessment Methods

Measurement of attainment of course learning outcomes using appropriate assessment attributes and rubrics.

Grades of Course Learning Outcomes

Grades are derived from the calculation of assessment marks, assessment weightage and the course credit unit.

Grade Point Averages for Programme Learning Outcomes

Accumulation of grade points for course learning outcomes based on dimensions of programme learning outcomes or the MQF domains.

Spider Web for Grade Point Averages of Learning Outcomes

Generation of spider web for a specific semester based on grade point averages and the cumulative values according to programme learning outcomes or the MQF domain.

Spider Web of Student’s Achievement for Report on Competency Development

Advantages
Who Should Benefit from iCGPA?

Students


Monitoring development of knowledge and skills (ilmu) and ethics and morality (akhlak), throughout the learning journey.
Continual improvement through academic and co-curricular activities.


Lecturers


Continual monitoring on development of students’ knowledge and skills (ilmu) and ethics and morality (akhlak).
Continual improvement on instructional approaches.


Programme Management


Continual monitoring on the effectiveness and impact of curriculum design and delivery.
Intervention programme for students to achieve optimal performance.


Education Institutions


Continual monitoring on the effectiveness of institutional ecosystem’s contributions towards students’ holistic development.
Holistic improvement of institutional ecosystem in developing holistic students and employable graduates.


Policy Makers


Assessment of students and achievement of graduates in meeting the nation’s educational aspirations.
Information for future designing of policies and plans of actions.


Supervisors


Assessment of prospective students’ capabilities for postgraduate programmes by research mode.
Matching research topics based on students’ competencies.


Employers and Industry


Holistic screening and assessment for job applications.
Evaluation of graduates quality for further improvement of academic programmes.


Sponsors


Monitoring the performance of sponsored students and graduates applying for sponsorship.
Assessment of students’ competencies to match job positions offered.


Education Institutions


Assessment of prospective students’ competencies at entry level.
Evaluation to consider potential credit transfers or exemptions.


Challenges
iCGPA Challenges

“We always hear comments wanting graduates who are holistic, have entrepreneurial characteristics and well balanced. This is what we hope to create through iCGPA.”

“The purpose of iCGPA reporting is to assist in identifying the strength of students as well as improvement needed by them. It would also assist potential employers in determining the suitablity of graduates in meeting employment requirements.”