The present publication is the result of an ENQA survey on quality procedures of quality assurance agencies across Europe and beyond. This report updates the findings of the first ENQA survey on Quality Procedures in European Higher Education, undertaken by the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) in 2002, and considers the main developments that have taken place since then.
Bologna Process ministers of higher education welcomed in 2005 the principle of a European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies. They asked ENQA in cooperation with EUA, EURASHE and ESIB (E4 Group) to develop the practical aspects of the Register and report back through the Bologna Follow Up Group. The present publication is the E4 Group’s final report on the Register to the Bologna Process ministerial conference of London (17–18 May 2007).
The present publication incorporates two different but thematically related reports: the workshop report on the Language of the European Quality Assurance and the final report of the second Quality Convergence Study (QCS II). Both reports aim to contribute to understanding of the different concepts and notions of quality assurance across languages, and especially in English, which is the most widely used language in the European quality assurance.
This report is the outcome of the project conducted by the Nordic Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education (NOQA) in 2005-2006 on the interpretation of the European Standards and Guidelines in the Nordic perspective.
Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Portugal - An Assessment of the Existing System and Recommendations for a Future System
In the framework of the EPHE project, an international experts panel was appointed by ENQA and worked on two complementary tasks from December 2005 and November 2006. The first mission consisted in reviewing the existing Portuguese quality assurance practices as conducted by CNAVES, the Portuguese National Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education. Secondly, the panel worked on providing recommendations to the Portuguese government on the organisation, processes and methods of establishment of a national accreditation system which would meet The European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (pdf).
The final review report presents the results of the panel's work focusing on the strengths and challenges of the Portuguese quality assurance system as well as giving recommendations for future developments. The response by CNAVES to the final review report can be found here (pdf).
The Transnational European Evaluation Project II (TEEP II) was a detailed follow-up to the first Transnational European Pilot Project I (TEEP I) coordinated by ENQA in 2002-2003. TEEP II was a European-wide transnational quality evaluation scheme which aspired to identify means and common elements for quality assurance in the Joint Masters Programmes in three subject areas (water magement, cultural and communication studies, law and economics). The three subject-specific reports can be accessed here: Water management (EuroAquae)(pdf), Cultural and Communication Studies (CoMundus)(pdf), Law and Economics (EMLE)(pdf).
Mapping external quality assurance in Central and Eastern Europe is a report by the Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEEN). It presents the results of CEEN member surveys that charted how far the member agencies matched up to the good practice described in the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The report was published in the series of ENQA Occasional papers.
The Quality Convergence Study (QCS), a follow-up to the ENQA Survey on Quality Procedures in Higher Education, has been published in the series of ENQA Occasional papers. It examines the possibilities for convergence of national quality assurance systems in Europe through six samples.
The writing of the self-analysis documents (SADs) by the six participanting QA agencies and their consequent examination constituted an important part of the QCS project. The six SADs can be accessed here:
- SAD from the Comité National d'Évaluation, France
- SAD of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee
- SAD of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Lithuania
- SAD of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education
- SAD of the National Agency for Higher Education, Sweden
- SAD of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, UK
ENQA coordinated this pilot project to investigate the operational implications of a European transnational quality evaluation in three disciplines (Physics, History, Veterinary Science) in order to test a method for transnational external evaluation. The three subject-specific reports can be accessed here: History, Physics, Veterinary Science.