What Is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a formal and transparent quality control procedure, during which an independent body certifies on the basis of defined, internationally recognized standards, whether higher education institutions or study programs meet minimum quality requirements.
Accreditation procedures determine the status and recognition of institutions and study programs for a certain period of time. Accreditation in the field of higher education provides society and all involved interest groups with assurance that the quality of teaching and study meets minimum international standards. At the same time, accreditation increases the level of transparency in the increasingly unclear market of national and international education offers.
The main functions of accreditation are:
- Protection of students from offers, which are not proven to lead to the achievement of the intended results (employment, international recognition of the obtained degree, etc.)
- Transparency, comparability and through this more choice in the education and labor market both in the country and abroad.
- Facilitating international mobility through mutual recognition of studies and improving opportunities for graduates in the European labor market.
- Creating a basis for fair competition between educational institutions for students respectively for public or private funds.
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The Institutional Accreditation focuses predominantly on innovative, commercial and internationally oriented Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The procedure comprises a comprehensive evaluation of the institutional strategy, quality assurance system and assets. Higher Education Institutions receive feedback on the future prospects of their structures and processes as well as impetus for further development. The relevant areas of the Higher Education Institution in this procedure are:
- Mission Goals and Objectives
- Governance and Administration
- Management of Quality Assurance and Improvement
- Learning and Teaching
- Student Administration and Support Services
- Learning Resources
- Facilities and Equipment
- Financial Planning and Management
- Employment Processes
- Institutional Relationships With the Community
The accreditation procedure for institutional accreditation takes between 6 to 12 months.
The procedure gives the Higher Education Institution a detailed evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses and showcases its crucial future opportunities as well as future possible perils. This enables the HEI to identify and take effective measures to achieve its self-imposed goals.
- application with basic information about the Institution, strategy, quality assurance
- preparatory discussion about the procedure and conclusion of contract
- draft of a self-evaluation report according to the DRPFA Assessment Guide
- appointment of the expert panel (5 experts – three members from Higher Education Institutions including one local expert of the HEI’s country, one student member and one member from the professional field)
- compilation of a self-evaluation report according to the DRPFA Assessment Guide
- site visit of 3 days at the HEI
- compilation of the assessment report by the expert panel
- statement on the report by the HEI
- final accreditation decision of the DRPFA Commission for Institutional Procedures
- possibility of a protest against the procedure through an email to the DRPFA or an appeal regarding the commission’s decision
- publication of the accreditation report
- the accreditation is valid for 2 to 6 years and must be updated afterwards
To give guidance during a procedure, the DRPFA provides guidelines for preparing an application for program accreditation or institutional accreditation. The agency also provides continuous feedback during all steps of a specific procedure. Our experts can give you recommendationson the further development of your application and self-assessment.
The Program Accreditation focuses particularly on innovative, entrepreneurial and internationally oriented Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The procedure contains a comprehensive evaluation of the institutional strategy, program quality assurance system and program recourses. The relevant areas of the Higher Education Institution in this procedure are:
Standard 1: Institutional overview
Standard 2: Ethics and diversity
Standard 3: Strategic design of program(s)
Standard 4: Quality management and improvement
Standard 5: Administration and teaching staff
Standard 6: Student and stakeholders’ engagement
Standard 7: Learning and teaching
Standard 8: Program handbook
The accreditation procedure for program accreditation takes between 8 to 12 months.
The procedure gives DRPFA and the Higher Education Institution in question a detailed evaluation of the program strengths and weaknesses and shows the essential future opportunities and hazards. This enables the HEI to identify and take efficient measures to achieve the self-imposed goals.
• Application with basic information about the institution and the program, strategy, and quality assurance
• Introductory discussion about the procedure and conclusion of contract
• Draft of a program self-evaluation report according to the DRPFA Assessment Guide
• Appointment of the expert panel (5 experts – Two academic members, one student member and one member from the professional field)
• Compilation of a self-evaluation report according to the DRPFA Assessment Guide
• Site visit of 2½ – 3 days at the HEI
• Compilation of the assessment report by the expert panel
• Statement on the report by the HEI
• Final accreditation decision of the Accreditation Commission of the DRPFA for Program accreditation
• Option for a complaint against the procedure via an email to the DRPFA office or an appeal regarding the commission’s decision
• Publication of the accreditation report
• The accreditation is valid for 6 years and must be updated afterwards
To provide guidance during a procedure, DRPFA provides guidelines for preparing an application for program accreditation or for institutional accreditation. The agency also provides continuous feedback during all steps of a procedure. Our experts can give you recommendations on the further development of your application and Self-report.
Accreditation is a procedure carried out for the purpose of verifying the compliance of the activity of the educational institution with the accepted state educational standards and the requirements of other normative legal acts and used to ensure that the status and quality of the educational institution meet and protect the minimum standards. Accreditation is a must for an educational institution to obtain legal protection for its activities or educational programs it teaches.
Documents required from the educational institution for accreditation:
After receiving the notification of institutional and program accreditations, the educational institution fills out the electronic application for accreditation and uploads the following documents to the system:
- The charter of the educational institution;
- Educational institution development strategy and action plan;
- The self-analysis report of the educational institution and its appendices;
- A document reflecting the internal quality assurance policy of the educational institution;
- Annual report on the activity of the enterprise on internal quality assurance;
- Study plans and other relevant documents on the regulation and organization of the scientific (pedagogical) activity of the institution and the educational process drawn up by the educational institution;
- Description of the programs, syllabuses (work study programs) and (or) modules of the subjects, extracurricular activities, associations included in the curriculum of the accredited programs;
- The number of students on accredited programs and the copy of the orders on admission, transfer, transfer, restoration and expulsion of students;
- List of academic (pedagogical) staff, personal account information of professors and teachers, general education and specialized subject teachers and industrial training masters;
- Programs for all types of experiences provided for in the curriculum, copies of contracts concluded with institutions where the experience is held, and a report on the results of the experience;
- The results of the final attestation of the graduating students of the general education institution, the results of all the exams on the programs, information about the diploma works and the list of the final theses of the students;
- An overview of the previous accreditation assessment results and a report on the implementation of the recommendations and instructions specified in the relevant Final Report;
- Agreement between educational institutions offering a joint educational program (if any);
- The set of relevant information on the Accreditation Criteria submitted through TMIS by September 10 for each completed academic year;
- Document confirming the payment of the state fee for accreditation.
Accreditation evaluation of educational institutions is carried out on the basis of the results of examination, analysis and reconciliation of the submitted documents taking into account the Accreditation Criteria approved by the Ministry of Education according to the relevant level of education, as well as on-site or remote interviews with the employees of the institution.