Spain develops model to move from programme to institutional accreditation

19 July 2017

Through its involvement in the Spanish University Committee for Regulating and Follow‐up of Accreditation (CURSA), the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León’s (ACSUCYL) has contributed to the design of an evaluation model for institutional accreditation, a model which will focus evaluation on universities’ internal quality assurance systems (SGIC).

With the new model, institutional accreditation will be conducted by centres, but in order to qualify for review, universities must have previously accredited at least half their taught degrees at the relevant centre, in accordance with the protocol for accreditation of programmes. In addition, centres need to have been awarded the certificate for implementation of an SGIC by a Spanish agency with membership in ENQA, thereby guaranteeing the quality of the teaching provision. All of this must be accomplished in accordance with European standards and guidelines (ESG).

As well as its involvement in CURSA, and in order to promote this project, ACSUCYL is developing its own protocol for carrying out certifications of SGIC in conjunction with universities in Castilla y León.