The work plan 2019 translates ENQA’s strategic plan 2016-2020 into short-term action for the year 2019 and it takes forward work started 2017-2018.
The implementation of the work plan will draw on both human and financial resources; the work plan is thus closely linked to the Budget. The draft of ENQA‘s work plan 2019 is based on a budget that anticipates no change in the membership fee and the EU grant for Civil Society Cooperation (the “operating grant”).
ENQA Board drafted the work plan 2019 considering the strategic plan 2016-2020 and feedback from members throughout the year.
Based on the positive feedback received, ENQA Board proposed to continue the following specific activities, which have been piloted in the past years:
- ENQA Leadership Programme to support staff development opportunities for mid-level and early senior staff of ENQA member agencies
- The visits of the Board of ENQA to the ENQA member agencies.
- Engagement in externally funded QA capacity building projects outside of the EHEA.
In addition to its regular activities such as information provision, membership and statutory activities, representation of ENQA at international events, participation in the management of EQAR, and participation in the EHEA policy making processes, in 2019 ENQA will specifically focus on the following areas of work:
- ENQA will undergo the external review of the ENQA Agency Review process for the purposes of accountability and enhancement.
- ENQA Board will prepare and initiate the process to develop ENQA’s strategic plan 2021 – 2024 involving a consultation of ENQA’s membership, in order to best formulate a strategy to respond to the aspirations of the external quality assurance community from 2020 onwards.
- In order to provide a solid starting point for the work on the strategic plan, the ENQA Board will initiate a process to review ENQA’s own understanding of its members – what kind of quality assurance bodies does ENQA want to represent? – and, if necessary, to redefine the membership criteria and the way membership is decided.
- The ENQA Board will continue to develop the methodology of the ENQA Agency Reviews and the use and understanding of the ESG 2015 by European QA agencies (coordination of the ENQA Agency Reviews; event for agencies who have recently undergone a review; thematic analysis of the outcomes of ENQA Agency Reviews). In this regard, ENQA will specifically reflect on how to best provide added value through the review process for agencies that are entering their fourth cycle of review.
- Professionalisation of QA and staff at QA agencies (ENQA Leadership programme; webinars on topics highlighted by the members; explorations on developing a MOOC on quality assurance).
- Developing quality assurance taking into account current and new challenges in European higher education (partner in the ImpEA project on QA of joint programmes; DEQAR project on a database of QA results; TEEDE project on developing principles for dual education; and others).
- Quality assurance capacity building, in particular in the ASEAN region (the SHARE project), in Africa (the HAQAA initiative), in India (MIELES-project), China and Cambodia (TEEDE-project) and Morocco (EQUAM-M).
The ENQA Board realises the importance of producing an analysis of quality assurance approaches across Europe. However, considering the resources available, this activity will be postponed to 2020.
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