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IEP - Institutional Evaluation Programme

Admission valid until: 2019-01-31 (listed since 2011-12-15)
Based in*: Switzerland
HE systems where agency conducted reviews**: Croatia; Bulgaria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Belgium; Austria; Montenegro; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Russia; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Ukraine; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; United Kingdom; Kazakhstan; Turkey
Reports by the agency: http://www.eua.be/iep/who-has-participated/iep-evaluation-reports.aspx
External review reports and EQAR decisions:

Contact details

Website: http://www.eua.be/iep
Address: IEP c/o EUA
114 rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Contact Person: Anna Gover
Phone: + 32 2 743 11 38
Fax: +32 2 230 57 51
Email: iep@eua.be

Information on the agency’s work

Consistent with institutional autonomy, the mission of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is to support higher education institutions and systems in developing their strategic leadership and capacity to manage change through a process of voluntary institutional evaluations. IEP is a European evaluation programme launched in 1994 and has, to date, carried out nearly 400 evaluations and follow-up evaluations of diverse higher education institutions in 45 countries worldwide.

Types/Methods of quality assurance used: IEP provides institutional evaluations to higher education institutions. Upon request, IEP also conducts coordinated evaluations at the national or regional level. The Programme is characterised by its combination of an institutional, holistic approach, a European perspective through its experienced European teams, and its philosophy as a supportive peer-review. IEP evaluates higher education institutions in the context of their own goals and objectives and provides analysis of and recommendations on the institutions' policies, structures, processes, and culture, to enable them to perform the full range of their activities in line with their strategic plans and objectives, to develop their strategic leadership and build capacity to address change processes.

The focus of the IEP is the institution as a whole rather than individual study programmes or units. It focuses upon:
- Strategic leadership capacity and efficiency of internal governance and management supporting it
- Relevance of internal quality processes and the degree to which their outcomes are used in decision making and strategic management as well as perceived gaps in these internal mechanisms. As part of this larger framework the evaluations address the issues on internal quality assurance identified by the first part of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.
ENQA membership: Full member


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**   List of EHEA countries where the agency has evaluated, accredited or audited higher education institutions or programmes during the past five years. This information is provided by the agency for informational purposes, in order to allow users to identify which agencies have experience with working in a specific higher education system. It does not necessarily imply formal recognition of the agency's results or decisions in those countries.
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