Shared European component of the Assessment framework for Single Accreditation Procedures of Joint Programmes

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Standard 1. General conditions

Criterion 1a: Recognition

The institutions in the consortium are legally recognised as higher education institutions and their respective national legal frameworks allow them to participate in this joint programme. If the joint programme awards a joint degree then this should be in accordance with the legislation governing the awarding institutions.

Criterion 1b: Cooperation agreement

It is clear from both the cooperation agreement and the subsequent implementation that the partners in the consortium agree on the following points:

  • Overall coordination of the programme and/or sharing of responsibilities;
  • Admission and selection procedures for students;
  • Mobility of students and teachers;
  • Examination regulations, student assessment and recognition of credits in the consortium;
  • Type of degree (joint, multiple) and awarding modalities;
  • Teaching language(s);
  • Coordination and responsibilities regarding internal quality assurance;
  • Administration of student’s data and performance records;
  • Support for student mobility;
  • Public information on the programme;
  • Financial organisation (including sharing of costs and incomes, charging registration and/or tuition fees, grants and fellowships);
  • Change in partnership.

Criterion 1c: Added value

The programme can demonstrate the added value of offering this joint programme in international perspective.

Standard 2. Intended learning outcomes

Criterion 2a: Shared

The intended learning outcomes are developed and shared by all partners.

Criterion 2b: Level

The intended learning outcomes align with the corresponding level in the Framework for Qualifications in the European Higher Education Area (the so-called Dublin descriptors) or the European Qualifications Framework.

Criterion 2c: Subject/discipline

The intended learning outcomes comply with the requirements in the subject/discipline and, where applicable, the professional field.

Standard 3. Programme

Criterion 3a: Admission

The admission criteria and selection procedures are in line with the joint programme’s level and discipline.

Criterion 3b: Structure

The structure and content of the curriculum and its pedagogical approach correspond with the intended learning outcomes.

Criterion 3c: Credits

The distribution of credits is clear.

Standard 4. Internal quality assurance system

Criterion 4a: Common understanding

There is a common understanding of the internal quality assurance system for this joint programme in which responsibilities are clearly shared and coordinated.

Criterion 4b: Stakeholder involvement

The stakeholders (students, staff, employers, graduates, etc.) are involved in the internal quality assurance activities (including graduate surveys and employability issues).

Criterion 4c: Continuous improvement

The effectiveness of the system with regard to the continuous improvement of the programme can be demonstrated.

Standard 5. Facilities and student support

Criterion 5a: Facilities

The facilities provided are sufficient and adequate in view of the intended learning outcomes.

Criterion 5b: Support

The student support provided by the joint programme contributes to the achievement of the learning outcomes and, where applicable, to designing individual study pathways.

Criterion 5c: Services

The programme provides adequate student services to facilitate mobility (e.g. housing, guidance for incoming and outgoing students, visa issues, etc.).

Standard 6. Teaching and learning

Criterion 6a: Staff

The composition of the staff (quantity, qualifications, professional and international experience, etc.) is adequate for the achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

Criterion 6b: Assessment of students

The examination regulations and the assessment of the achievements of learning outcomes are applied in a consistent manner among partner institutions and oriented to the intended learning outcomes.

Criterion 6c: Achievement

The programme can demonstrate that the learning outcomes are achieved.