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AQU Catalunya. Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

Esteve Arboix

Dubrovnik, 12th October 2003

www.aqucatalunya.org


Contents Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • AQU Catalunya

  • How do we evaluate programs: The TEEP experience

  • 2004 Projects

  • -Innovative programs: Design; DOUBLES


AQU Catalunya Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Catalonia 6 Million population;

  • 11 universities;

  • 400 study programs

  • 190.000 students

  • 12.000 lecturers

  • AQU Catalunya

  • 1996-2003: Consortium Combined organism: university administration

  • Instrument for quality promotion in HE

  • 2003: LUC : Independent body new competences

  • ENQA founder; Budget: 1,6 M EUROS; Staff: 14


AQU Catalunya: Objectives and functions Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

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  • Objectives:

  • To promote institutional quality assessments in HE

  • To build up consistent methodologies for quality assessment

  • To supply objective information which may serve as a basis for decision making

  • To impel mechanisms of transparency and accountability

  • To inform the society

  • Functions:

  • Evaluation

  • Accreditation: Person accreditation.

  • Certification: teaching evaluation model


AQU Catalunya: Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Evaluation: 234 study programs (60% of the total); 21 transversal evaluation; 28 departments; 18 Follow up; 11doctarates

  • Development of methodology: Follow up; transition from secondary education to HE; evaluation of library services; transition to HE to labour market

  • Training of experts: both internal and external committees

  • Publications: Reports; General Frameworks

  • Cooperation: Spanish Quality Plan, ENQA


How do we evaluate: Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Assessing HE: Programes, procesuss; departments schools; university services

  • Evaluation of programmes: Employers, teaching staff, students, stakeholders

  • Methodology: Self assessment+External report+Final reports

  • Role of external evaluation: Improvement and accountability

    • Identification of strong and weak points

    • Benchmarking of the evaluated programmes

    • Contribution to self regulation

    • Independent vision

    • Global wiew


How do we evaluate: The TEEP experience Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • TEEP (Trans European Evaluation Project 2002)

  • Objectives:

    • 1Develop new method for transnational evaluation

    • 2Develop and agreed set of standards, procedures and guidelines on QA

    • 3. Contribute to more visibility, transparency and comparability

    • 4. No ranking

  • 3 subject fields: History, Physics and Veterinary (Bachelor level) on four different universities

  • ENQA Project: 3 agencies: EVA (DK); QAA (GB); AQU (CAT, Spain)

  • FOCUS: Educational context; competences and learnig outcomes; QA Mech.

  • METHOD: Self Assesment+External visit

  • Positive experience


2004 projects: DESIGN Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Objectives:

    • Promotion the right design of programme’s structure according to the Bologna declaration and the new legal framework

    • Avoid “mechanical” adaptations

  • Experience showed:

    • Need a better definition of program’s objectives according to employability orientation, structure coherence, QA mechanisms

    • Programs based on inputs “ex-ante” homologation.

  • Compulsory by law

  • 5 pilot groups Medicine; Chemical Engineering; Catalan Philology; Psichology


2004 projects: Innovative DESIGN Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Phases:

  • 1. Development of methodology. Definition of quality Criteria (general Frameworks)

  • 2. Design of the programme structure: adaptation of the general framework to each speciality

  • 3.Evaluation of the new design

  • 4. AQU’s report on the quality of that design

  • Results:

    • Establishment of a good practice referent for the design of the programmes structure

    • Promotion of Bottom-up method to establish the ECTS

    • Reports on Quality


2004 projects: DOUBLES Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Objectives:

    • 1. Double/shared degree promoter at postgraduate level

    • 2.Emphasis on QA mechanisms: 2 agencies involved shared evaluation

    • 3. Evaluation: TEEP experience shared evaluation criteria

    • 4. Each study must define it’s competences at postgraduate level

    • 5. Promotion of student and teachers mobility

    • 6. Identification of obstacles for establishment of double degree

  • Need:

    • 1. Agreement between 2 universities and 2 agencies (fulfilment of minimum requirements of the study program)

    • 2. Implication of Catalan Ministry and Grants Agency


2004 projects: Innovative DOUBLES Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects

  • Expected Results: (early stage)

  • Creation of new programmes structure at post graduate level suitable to obtain double/shared degree based on Bologna recommendation

  • Methodological developpement based on postgraduate

  • Addition of value to the mobility of students and teachers

  • Idenfication of difficulties


Thank you very much Education of Catalonia. 2004 Projects


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