National Centre of Public Accreditation (NCPA)
The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the National Centre of Public Accreditation (NCPA) 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
National Centre for Public Accreditation (NCPA) is an autonomous non-profit organization, which was established in 2009 on the initiative of the Guild of Experts in the Sphere of Professional Education. The agency operates independently of the political bodies and the higher education sector.
NCPA is established to be the national quality assurance agency in higher education, with responsibility for public accreditation at the programmatic and institutional levels, assisting in quality enhancement, advising on quality assurance; and serving as liaison with quality assurance agencies worldwide.
NCPA’s mission in the Russian system of quality assurance is to form and promote quality culture in higher education through identification, evaluation, and accreditation of the best educational programmes in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
- to develop and implement quality standards for programmes of higher education in compliance with ESG;
- to provide multi-faceted engagement of the academic community, employers, and international experts in programme evaluation procedures;
- to ensure public provision of information about the quality of educational programmes delivered by higher education institutions.
NCPA has developed its rules, procedures and criteria for evaluation in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, and has been working within the scope of ESG.
NCPA has been an ENQA member since November 2014 and is applying for renewal of ENQA membership.
NCPA has been registered on EQAR since November 2015 and is applying for renewal of EQAR registration.
This review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent NCPA 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 NCPA should be reconfirmed and to EQAR to support NCPA 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:
- Nora Skaburskienė, Director of Studies, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, former Director of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), Lithuania – Chair, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Ronny Heintze, Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes (AQAS), Germany – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
- Tatjana Volkova, Professor, BA School of Business and Finance, Latvia – Academic (EUA nominee)
- Francisco Joaquin Jimenez Gonzalez, Student, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain – Student (ESU nominee)