European University Association – Institutional Evaluation Programme (EUA – IEP)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the European University Association – Institutional Evaluation Programme (EUA-IEP) 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 February/March 2019.
Background and context
The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is an external quality assurance agency and an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA). It was launched in 1994 as a strategic tool for change in higher education institutions. Since then, IEP carried out over 400 evaluations in Europe and worldwide. IEP’s mission 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 governed by a Steering Committee, evaluations are carried out by a pool of experts, and all activates are supported by a permanent secretariat.
IEP is based on the following core characteristics:
- comprehensive evaluations, which take into account the institution’s specific goals, objectives and profile, with emphasis on an inclusive self-evaluation process and institutional self-knowledge;
- an improvement-oriented approach, which actively supports the institution in fulfilling its mission, independent from governments or other such bodies and is not geared towards an accreditation or rankings;
- a European focus, which takes into account the framework of current developments in higher education, with international peer evaluation teams representing diversity in the field.
The focus of IEP is the institution as a whole rather than individual study programmes or units. It focuses upon:
- Capacity of strategic leadership and effectiveness of internal governance and management processes that support 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
IEP is committed to continuous improvement of its own processes and operates in a manner consistent with good international and European practice, including the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.
IEP has been a full member of ENQA since 2000 and is applying for renewal of ENQA membership.
IEP has been registered on EQAR since 2011 and is applying for renewal of registration.
This review, will evaluate the way in which and to what extent IEP 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 IEP should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support IEP application to the register.
The review panel is not expected, however, to make any judgements as regards granting membership.
The panel is composed of the following members:
- Patrick van den Bosch, Quality Assurance advisor, Quality Assurance Unit of the Flemish Higher Education Council (VLUHR-QA), Belgium – Chair, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Đurđica Dragojević, Head of the Department for Higher Education Quality Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Danutė Rasimavičienė, Dean, Faculty of Business Management, Vilniaus Kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania – Academic (EURASHE nominee)
- Francisco Joaquín Jiménez González, Master student in architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain – Student (ESU nominee)
You can find EUA-IEP’s Self-assessment report here.
This review is being coordinated by Anaïs Gourdin.