Activities of AIC Within the Scope of the ESG
In order for the agency to apply for ENQA membership and for possible registration in EQAR, this review will analyse all activities of AIC that are within the scope of the ESG, i.e. reviews, audits, evaluations or accreditation of higher education institutions or programmes that relate to teaching and learning (and their relevant links to research and innovation). This is regardless of whether these activities are carried out within or outside the EHEA, and whether they are obligatory or voluntary.
The following activities of the AIC have to be addressed in the external review:
- Accreditation of groups of study programmes (local title “Accreditation of study directions”). This is an EQA activity for evaluating and assessing groups of programmes. Accreditation procedures lead to a formal decision. The conclusion is based on the set of pre-defined criteria.
- Initial accreditation of new programmes (local title “Licensing”) is an ex-ante evaluation and an initial assessment. Licensing is an EQA activity carried out to determine the potential quality of a new study programme in order to give a permission to start programme implementation and enrol students.
- Institutional evaluation. This is a European quality assurance activity that includes the quality review of all activities being implemented in a higher education institution, covering the management of the organisation, financial matters, equipment, teaching, research etc.