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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

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Contents

  • AQU Catalunya
  • How do we evaluate programs: The TEEP experience
  • 2004 Projects
  • -Innovative programs: Design; DOUBLES
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AQU Catalunya

  • 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
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AQU Catalunya: Objectives and functions

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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
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AQU Catalunya:

  • 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
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How do we evaluate:

  • 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
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How do we evaluate: The TEEP experience

  • 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
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2004 projects: DESIGN

  • 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
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2004 projects: Innovative DESIGN

  • 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
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2004 projects: DOUBLES

  • 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
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2004 projects: Innovative DOUBLES

  • 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
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