CURRENT REVIEWS

Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU)

This proposal for a partial review of QANU by ENQA is to agree on Terms of Reference (ToR) that address the request of the agency for a partial review for the purpose of EQAR registration renewal. The evaluation is scheduled to finish April 2019.

Background and context

The application for the renewal of registration by the Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU) was rejected by EQAR Register Committee, following the decision of 16 November 2017. The EQAR Register Committee judged the agency only achieved partial compliance with a number of standards and thus failed to meet some key requirements of the ESG. Following this decision, QANU decided to undergo a focused review (following EQAR’s terminology) addressing issues that led to its rejection, in accordance with article §3.21 of EQAR Procedures for Applications. The review (called ‘the partial review’ from this point on, following the terminology of ENQA) will be coordinated by ENQA, as requested by the agency on 20 August 2018.

For this purpose, QANU will prepare a report that has two aims: serving as a self-assessment report that the review panel will use as preparation for the partial review (part one of the report), and as a follow-up report as requested by ENQA’s Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews (and primarily aimed at the Board of ENQA; part two of the report). According to these Guidelines, each agency is requested to submit a follow-up report usually within two years of the Board’s positive decision on membership. In case of QANU, such positive decision was given on 30 November 2016, when ENQA membership was reconfirmed.

Regarding the ENQA follow-up procedure, the ‘Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews’ state the following:

“(6.5.1) An agency is requested to submit a follow-up report usually within two years of the Board’s positive decision on membership.

The follow-up report is expected to address the recommendations from the ENQA Board and from the review panel. In addition, the agency may also highlight other developments or changes in the agency’s activities and processes that may be relevant in view of its ESG compliance.”
(Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews, article 6.5.1, p. 23).

Furthermore, according to §3.21 of the EQAR ‘Procedures for Applications’, the agency has the right to undergo a focused review addressing those issues that led to its rejection, and to reapply within 18 months based on that focused review (see EQAR Rejection of the Application by QANU – Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU) for Renewal of Inclusion on the Register, ref. RC20/A40, point 13).

Review process

The following activities of QANU have to be addressed in the partial review:

  1. Assessments of degree programmes;
  2. Assessments of research programmes.

EQAR Register Committee decided in November 2017 to reject QANU registration renewal, judging that the agency only achieved partial compliance with a number of standards and thus failed to meet some key requirements of the ESG, with the following specific mentions:

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Maria E. Weber, Head of Department of Accreditation & International Affairs, Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria), Austria – Chair (ENQA nominee), quality assurance professional
  • Vincent Wertz, Professor, Louvain School of Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium – Panel member (ENQA nominee), academic
  • Hermann Blum, PhD Student, Autonomous Systems Lab, Switzerland – Student (ESU nominee)

This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.

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