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Introduction to EQAR and its Role in the EHEA Framework for Quality Assurance


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SHARE project study visit: Enriching ASEAN - EU Experience in Higher Education Harmonisation, 6/10/2015, Brussels

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Introduction to EQAR and its Role in the EHEA Framework for Quality Assurance

  1. 1. European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education Introduction to EQAR and its Role in the EHEA Framework for Quality Assurance Enriching ASEAN – EU Experience in Higher Education Harmonisation Study visit, Brussels, 6 October 2015 Colin Tück
  2. 2. Mission and Objectives Register of QA agencies that substantially comply with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG) Vision: coherent and flexible quality assurance system for Europe Mission: further development of the EHEA by increasing transparency of quality assurance Objectives:  Enhance trust amongst QA agencies  Prevent „accreditation mills“ from gaining credibility  Recognition of QA decisions and results  Allow registered QAAs to operate across the entire EHEA and allow HEIs to choose suitable QAA
  3. 3. How EQAR is organised  Mandated by European governments  Founded by E4  Non-profit  Independent  Financing:  Governments ~75%  Stakeholders ~7%  Registered QAAs ~18% Stakeholder organisations Governments Observers Register Committee Independent QA experts, nominated by stakeholders approves
  4. 4. Functioning Application for inclusion on EQAR: 1. Self-evaluation produced by the QA agency 2. Site visit by independent review team 3. External review report against ESG 4. Report submitted to EQAR 5. Decision by independent EQAR Register Committee
  5. 5. After registration Annual updates on reviews and countries Substantive change reports Third-party complaints Renewal every 5 years
  6. 6. ESG 2015: Changes for Quality Assurance Agencies  Addressing Part 1 (internal QA) [2.1]  Involvement of stakeholders [2.2, 3.1]  Students on review panels [2.4]  Always publish full reports [2.6]  Appeals procedures [2.7]  Independence clarified further [3.3]  Professional conduct [3.6]
  7. 7. Quality Assurance Across Borders  Ministers: allow EQAR-registered agencies to operate across the EHEA  Higher education institutions choose suitable agency: underlines responsibility  Recognising EQAR-registered agencies as part of their national requirements for external QA  Recognising foreign agencies with own specific framework  Not recongising EQA by foreign agency  Discussions ongoing
  8. 8. European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes Cooperating HEIs need Programme accreditation Cooperating HEIs are “self-accrediting” Single accreditation/eval. by any EQAR-reg. agency Joint internal QA review, external review takes account of HEIs' internal Agreed common standards and procedure, based on ESG & QF-EHEA  Aim: reflect joint character also in external quality assurance  Non-EHEA partners: can rely on a shared platform
  9. 9. Impact  40 quality assurance agencies registered  37 Governmental Members
  10. 10. Impact (continued)  Feedback from ongoing self-evaluation:  Clear role, underlined importance of ESG  Countries: registration of “their” QAA is important  Agencies: international reputation most important, followed by government/stakeholder expectations  Enabled recognition of QA activity across borders  Publication of decisions well-received  Independence recognised as important feature
  11. 11. Thank you for your attention. Contact: Colin Tück +32 2 234 39 11