Presentation on theme: "ENQA membership – what repercussions for agencies"— Presentation transcript:
1ENQA membership – what repercussions for agencies ENQA membership – what repercussions for agencies? Paris, 10 July Emmi Helle, Secretary General ENQA
2Background information on ENQA network in 2000; association in 2004umbrella NGO for European QA agencies37 Full members, 10 Candidate membersAssociates and Affiliates since 2006: 19+2
3European standards and guidelines (ESG) drafted by ENQA in consultation with EUA, EURASHE and ESIB (now ESU)approved by the Bologna ministerial conference in Bergen in 2005introduced internationally accepted standards for quality assurance in higher educationintroduced a peer review system for quality assurance agencies:cyclical reviews of agencies, based on ESG, each five years for (reconfirmation of) full ENQA membership and/or for being (re)listed in EQAR
4ENQA membership under the ”old” system The transitional membership arrangements (resulting from the change from network to association in 2004) of the ENQA regulations stipulate that all ENQA member agencies must be externally reviewed by 19 September 2010.Consequently, the Full Members under the “old” system can preserve their Full Membership until they will be reviewed; this means that there is a possibility that the Full Members under the old system that have not yet undergone a review would not fulfil the ESG / ENQA Membership provisions.
5ENQA Membership under the ”new” system Candidate Membership:Earlier it was possible to apply only for Full Membership, and, if the ENQA Board found that the applicant did not meet the membership criteria sufficiently, but was able to do so in two years time, it granted the applicant a Candidate Membership, with a request of undergoing a review review at the end of that two-year period.From 2008 it has been possible to apply for Candidate Membership directly (implying the same conditions and review schedule).
6Cont’d: ENQA MS under the ”new” system Full MembershipCan be granted only if the membership application is accompanied by a review report.The agency should have been operating and conducting reviews for at least two years.
7External reviews of ENQA members In most cases the membership reviews are likely to be coordinated by national authorities but may also be co-ordinated by ENQA. They can, as well, be co-ordinated by another European QA agency/ organisation.A-type reviews (ENQA membership/ EQAR listing), B-type reviews (multiple purposes, one of which ENQA MS/ EQAR listing).Nationally coordinated reviews: 6 stages: 1.Notification to the ENQA Board, 2. Formulation of ToR and review protocol, 3. nomination of the panel, 4. SER by the agency under review, 5. Site-visit by the panel, 6. Final report, 7. Submission of the final report to the ENQA Review Committee, 8. ENQA Board decision.Currently 15 agencies have (re)confirmed their membership in ENQA following a review and at least 10 ENQA members are undergoing a review at the moment.
8ENQA MS: repercussions for agencies Financial consequences:Application fee 300 EURMembership fee EUR per annumReview costs ca EUR (review panel of five persons) once every five years, valid both for the ENQA MS and EQAR listingRecognition, credibility at the European levelNormally satisfactory evidence to be included in the EQAR-listingBenefits of a membership organisationPossibility to share with European colleagues experiences and concernsEvents, publications, informationNetworking
9ENQA membership and EQAR listing ENQA is a founding member of the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR) and represented at its Executive BoardThe EQAR statutes state that “Full membership of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) normally constitutes satisfactory evidence for inclusion in the Register.”The Register Committee is an independent body consisting of experts functioning in their personal capacity.There is a possibility that the RC would take different decisions from those of the ENQA Board.