Flemish Higher Education Council – Quality Assurance (VLUHR QA)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Flemish Higher Education Council – Quality Assurance (VLUHR QA) 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 October 2019.
Background and context
VLUHR QA is an independent non-profit agency for external quality assurance that contributes to the safeguarding and improvement of the quality in higher education. VLUHR QA is a partner in stimulating, developing and implementing a quality culture in higher education. As a centre of expertise, it aims to offer and share its knowledge with stakeholders and interesting parties. VLUHR QA stands for commitment, expertise, independency, equity, transparency and improvement-oriented approach.
Over the past years, VLUHR QA has built up an extensive expertise in assessing the professional and academic study programmes in Flanders. In 2015 a new decree regarding quality assurance in HE was approved. This decree stipulates that each HE institution must undergo an institutional review (coordinated by the NVAO). Furthermore the HE institutions must install a quality assurance system to safeguard the quality of their study programmes. Each HE institution has developed its own QA system. As a consequence the existing study programmes do no longer need to be assessed by VLUHR QA.
Since 2015 VLUHR QA coordinates the assessments of new study programmes, joint programmes and programmes in an improvement process of universities and university colleges. VLUHR QA also coordinates the programme assessments of registered institutions.
VLUHR QA has been an ENQA member since 2013 and is applying for renewal of its membership.
VLUHR QA has been registered on EQAR since 2013 and is applying for renewal of registration.
This review, will evaluate the way in which and to what extent VLUHR QA 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 VLUHR QA should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support VLUHR QA 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:
- Stephen Jackson, Director, Assessment, Research & Evaluation Associates Ltd., former Director of Reviews, Quality Assurance Agency, UK – Chair, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Asnate Kažoka, Project Expert, Academic Information Centre (QA agency), Latvia – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Bernard Coulie, Full Professor and Honorary Rector, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium – Academic (EUA nominee)
- Mykyta Yevstifejev, Student, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Bachelor of Law, Ukraine – Student (ESU nominee)