One approved renewal application and the adoption of the revised Procedures for Applications, allowing agencies to apply for EQAR registration through the Targeted Review.
Register Committee members got together both in person and online, for the first ever hybrid RC meeting on 1-2 July.
The Register Committee approved the renewal application of the following agency, concluding that they work in substantial compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG):
The Register Committee also paved the way for agencies to start applying for EQAR registration through the Targeted Review (provided certain conditions are met), by adopting the revised version of the Procedures for Applications.
The Targeted Review is a special review for agencies that have been renewed in EQAR at least once, focusing not only on those parts that require attention, but also containing an enhancement element.
Besides, the Register Committee considered the following Change Reports:
- AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes) reported on its offering of accreditation for PhD programmes in Germany. While PhD programmes are not subject to mandatory accreditation under the Interstate Study Accreditation Treaty, higher education institutions may opt to seek voluntary accreditation of their PhD programmes.
- AQU (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency) launched a new ex-ante accreditation process for short learning programmes and micro-credentials. Closely following AQU’s ex-ante processes for regular degree programmes, this new accreditation takes into account the specific nature of short courses. AQU also now offers the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes to accredit joint programmes of Catalan higher education institutions with foreign partners.
- EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) updated its standard operating procedures (SOP) in order to ensure the publication of reports also from its Preliminary Visitations, which is a prerequisite to a Full Visitation and possible accreditation by EAEVE.
The Committee also discussed the SWOT analysis of EQAR’s Self-Evaluation Report, commenting on possible future actions in the work of the Register Committee.
The next two Register Committee meetings of 2021 are set for 15 October and 13-14 December.