Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA) 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/November 2018.

Background and context
The Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA/NAKVIS) is a public body legally established on the grounds of Higher Education Act by the Republic of Slovenia to assure and enhance quality in higher education and to carry out development and consulting activities in this field. The Agency took over the tasks of the previous Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia and started with its operations on 5 March 2010.

SQAA provides for the development and functioning of the quality assurance system in higher education in Slovenia. It operates responsibly in terms of form and contents and counsels all stakeholders and participants in tertiary education in line with the European and global directions of development.

SQAA with its system of quality assurance development contributes to the higher education in Slovenia being of high quality in terms of education and research, internationally recognisable, competitive and equally integrated in the global higher education area.

SQAA priority is the concern for the quality of Slovenian higher education as well as the integration into international environment and cooperation with relevant stakeholders while taking into account the ESG.

SQAA has been a member of ENQA since 6 March 2015 and is reapplying for renewal of membership.

SQAA is applying for renewal of its membership in ENQA well before the due time i.e. March 2020. There are two main reasons for this action. SQAA is preparing the requested Self-Assessment Report (SAR) according to the new European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (ESG 2015) following the order of the ENQA membership criteria and SQAA would like also to apply for renewal of EQAR registration (admission valid until 31 July 2018). Previously, SQAA passed consecutively two external evaluations – one for EQAR in 2013 and later, one for ENQA in 2014, in accord with the Resolution on National Programme of Higher Education 2011-2020. Higher Education Act changed in Nov 2016 and SQAA adapted the criteria for accreditations and evaluations accordingly.

SQAA has been registered on EQAR since 31 July 2013 and is applying for renewal of the registration.

Review process
The process is designed in the light of the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews and in line with the requirements of the EQAR Procedures for Applications.

The evaluation procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Formulation of the Terms of Reference and protocol for the review;
  • Nomination and appointment of the review panel;
  • Self-assessment by SQAA including the preparation of a self-assessment report;
  • A site visit by the review panel to SQAA;
  • Preparation and completion of the final evaluation report by the review panel;
  • Scrutiny of the final evaluation report by the ENQA Review Committee;
  • Analysis of the scrutiny by the ENQA Board and their decision regarding ENQA membership;
  • Follow-up of the panel’s and/or ENQA Board’s recommendations by the agency, including a voluntary follow-up visit.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Jean-Marc Rapp, President of Swiss Accreditation Council, Professor at the University of Lausanne, Law Faculty, Director of the Business Law Center (CEDIDAC), Switzerland – Chair, quality assurance professional/academic (EUA nominee)
  • Michèle Wera, Policy advisor , Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), The Netherlands – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Mirko Savić, Full Professor at Faculty of Economics and Centre for Applied Statistics, University of Novi Sad, Member of Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAQA), Serbia – Academic/quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Marija Vasilevska, Master student at Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia – Student (ESU nominee)

SQAA’s self-assessment report is available here.

This review is being coordinated by Agnė Grajauskienė.