ECA-NVAO Seminar “Institutional and Programme Reviews: Towards New Combinations”

The theme of the seminar

A decade ago systems of programme accreditations and evaluations were the main feature of the European QA landscape. In recent years a trend towards implementing institutional reviews can be clearly discerned across Europe. Although QA systems that feature institutional reviews display a large variety, some common themes for discussion come to the fore. At the heart of these lies the reality that the quality of education rests with the teachers and students in the programmes of study. Therefore, one of the most important questions for HEIs, agencies, and policy makers is how programme quality can be assured in a system of institutional reviews.

This seminar focuses on experiences of HEIs and QA agencies in dealing with programme quality within institutional reviews. This theme touches on related subthemes, such as: the level of external involvement in internal QA; using audit trails and risk-based analysis to tackle programme quality issues; the transition challenges from programme to institutional accreditation; expectations of costs reduction and realities of investments in institution-wide quality assurance; and how to stimulate a quality culture, both institution-wide and programme-specific. Although it is impossible to cover all of these questions in full in a one day seminar, the presentations and discussions will give participants an overview of how different QA systems are dealing with these challenges. The presented practices, reflections and insights gained during the seminar may shed new lights on the assurance of programme quality in institutional reviews.

Representatives of HEIs, QA agencies, students and policy makers interested in institutional reviews are cordially invited to register for this seminar organised by ECA and NVAO on 1st February 2018 in Brussels.