Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System (ACSUG)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System (ACSUG) fulfills the criteria for ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish September/October 2019.
Background and context
The Axencia para a Calidade do Sistema Universitario de Galicia (ACSUG) (Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System) was legally established on 30 January 2001 as a consortium between the Regional Government of Galicia and the three Galician universities. ACSUG has full legal personality and the necessary independence to be able to achieve its objectives to rigorous standards fully respecting university autonomy.
The basic mission of the ACSUG is to promote and oversee guaranteeing the quality of the Galician University System (SUG), focusing on its continuous improvement and transferring relevant information to society about the activities carried out and their results, ensuring that the SUG is constantly adapted to the social and economic situation at any given moment.
The ACSUG seeks to be an agency of demonstrated quality and efficiency and to be recognised as such at both national and international level, in the sphere of university quality assurance, carrying out its work according to the principles of independence, objectivity and transparency, based on national and international standards for higher education quality assurance.
To deal with an effective and efficient performance of its activities, the ACSUG has implemented since 2009 an Internal Quality Assurance and Environmental Management System, certified externally by the Spanish Association of Certification and standardisation (AENOR).
The ACSUG has also established a Strategic Plan for the period 2016-2020, that defines with the necessary clarity all of the strategic goals to be achieved in the next few years, and to plan the necessary mechanisms and actions to ensure reaching these objectives.
With respect to the internationalization, since its creation, the ACSUG has considered extremely important to establish relationships and exchange information, at both the national and international level, with other quality agencies and organizations with activities related to university education. Such relationships can assist with continual improvement of the activities performed as well as with ongoing adaptation to the situation faced by higher education at any given time.
ACSUG has been an ENQA member since 2009, renewing the membership in 2014 and is currently applying for renewal of its membership.
ACSUG has been registered on EQAR since 2010, renewing the registration in 2014 and is currently applying for renewal of registration.
ACSUG has been also a member of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) since June 2013.
During all this period, ACSUG has taken part, normally (but not only) in relation with the aforementioned organizations, in several working groups, seminars, projects, studies, publications, etc.
The ACSUG has also carried out, since 2011, evaluation processes of degrees and faculties’ outside Spain, mainly in Peru and México.
To conclude, the last remarkable issue is that In January 2018, a new version of the ACSUG statutes has been approved.
This review, will evaluate the way in which and to what extent ACSUG fulfils the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). Consequently, the review will provide information to the ENQA Board to aid its consideration of whether membership of ACSUG should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support ACSUG application to the register.
The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgments as regards granting membership.
The panel is composed of the following members:
- Jon Haakstad, Former Senior adviser, Department of Analysis, NOKUT, Norway, Chair – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Alexandra Raijmakers, Student, University of Oslo/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Secretary – Student (ESU nominee)
- Bryan Maguire, Director of Quality Assurance, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), Ireland – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Carmen Fenoll, Full Professor of Plant Physiology and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain – Academic and quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)