Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Department of Evaluation and Accreditation (AAC-DEVA)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Department of Evaluation and Accreditation (AAC-DEVA) 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 2019.

Background and context

The Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Research of Andalusia (AAC-DEVA) is an administrative autonomous organism from the Regional Ministry of Knowledge, Research and University (Government of Andalusia).

The National Organic University Law 6/2001, December 21st (Title V) and the Regional Andalusian University Law established the legislative and legal framework for the activities that AAC-DEVA may carry out. The objective of AAC-DEVA is to conduct the assessment, accreditation and certification of quality, within the terms of reference, of the universities and higher education institutions in Andalusia. In doing so, the Agency promotes and guarantees the quality of the Andalusian Knowledge System bearing in mind its adequacy to the social demands and to the European Higher Education Area.

Since its foundation in 2005, the Agency has become the main instrument to promote and evaluate the quality of the Andalusian Higher Education and Research System. Within its activities, AAC-DEVA performs the ex-ante verification of study programmes, the follow-up of their implementation and their ex-post re-accreditation verification of Andalusian Higher Education institutions. Moreover, AAC-DEVA has recently implemented new Programs for Institutional accreditation and accreditation of Quality Assurance Systems of Higher Education institutions. Besides, AAC-DEVA covers the teaching staff accreditation and evaluates the quality of teaching, research and management activities of teaching staff members of Public Universities -permanent and/or under long-term contracts- to assign additional salary supplements based on productivity. Finally, evaluation of proposals for research grants is coordinated with the participation of expert panels from outside Andalusia.

AAC-DEVA has been an ENQA member since 2000 and is applying for renewal of its membership.

AAC-DEVA has been registered on EQAR since 2014 and is applying for renewal of registration.

Review process

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 AAC-DEVA should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support AAC-DEVA application to the register.

The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgements as regards granting membership.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Oliver Vettori, Academic in the field of HE, Director, Programme Management & Quality Management, Vienna
    University of Economics and Business, Austria – Chair, academic (EUA nominee)
  • Marion Coy, Former President, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Isabel Ortega, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Aragon Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation, Spain – Quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Damian Michalik, PhD student in Physics and astronomy, Warsaw University, Poland – Student (ESU nominee)

You can read AAC-DEVA’s self-assessment report on their website here.
This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.

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