News: Policy Brief DEQAR CONNECT | Coming soon: Targeted Review | Annual Report 2020 published | Publication EQAR’s Self-Evaluation Report | General Assembly update | Call for ESU Student Experts' Pool | Call for contributions EQAF

Policy Brief DEQAR CONNECT - ESG Coverage of Higher Education Systems in Europe

One of the objectives of the DEQAR CONNECT project is to support the activities of the BFUG Thematic Peer Groups on Quality Assurance and on Recognition. To that effect EQAR committed to prepare a number of policy briefs based on the analysis of the data collected through DEQAR.

Policy briefs are Europe-wide, country specific and domain-based analyses on topics following Bologna Thematic Peer Groups’ priorities. The innovative aspect of these analyses is that they are (will be) done by extracting and combining two different datasets i.e. of DEQAR and of the European Tertiary Education Register (ETER).

The first policy brief has just been published and delves into the external quality assurance frameworks and their alignment with the ESG. It has successfully combined the two datasets to provide an extensive picture on the coverage of higher education institutions and their student population in DEQAR. The analysis also captures the diverse and evolving nature of external QA frameworks in Europe, reflecting on the aim and focus of such processes (at institutional and programme level), on the frequency of such procedures (validity of reports) and the commonalities and differences of higher education systems.

Find out more and read the Policy Brief "ESG Coverage of Higher Education Systems in Europe"

External QA coverage of higher education systems by % HEIs and % of the student population (ISCED 5-7 level)

Coming Soon: Targeted Review

EQAR, in close collaboration with ENQA, developed a proposal for a Targeted Review. We are hoping that the first targeted reviews under the new approach can be launched starting from July 2021.

A Targeted Review is a special review for EQAR-registered agencies:

Focus of the Targeted Review:

Check out the whats, whys and hows of the Targeted Review as well as the full proposal here.

Annual Report 2020 published

The year 2020 was unlike any other year that EQAR has known in its relatively short existence. The world turned on-line and EQAR with it. And, as it turns out, a lot can be done while working from home; the DEQAR CONNECT project was put in motion, three Register Committee meetings took place, the EQAR external evaluation was started and we even hired and brought up to speed two new staff members. You will find all this and more in our Annual Report here, integrated into our website for easy access and reading.

That said, teleworking was not always easy, and we can’t wait to see our members, committee members and other stakeholders in person again; to have live(ly) discussions and debates on the issues that concern us, to have a laugh and share a meal after a full day of meetings.

Publication EQAR’s Self-Evaluation Report

Honest and critical self-reflection is key to building trust, creating accountability and striving for enhancement. The EQAR Self-Evaluation Report is the result of our "soul-searching" and we are pleased to announce its publication.

The report reflects on the way EQAR is organised, how EQAR manages the Register and how EQAR contributes to the EHEA. At the end of the report, 25 conclusions are ordered in SWOT analysis style (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), followed by possible action points. Some of the indicated areas of opportunity (summarised) are:

EQAR members endorsed the report at the General Assembly, finding it well executed, honest and realistic. What do you think? Since the proof is in the pudding, we invite you to read the SER and find out more about its scope, authors and sources.

General Assembly update

EQAR’s 17th General Assembly, once again on-line, was held on 16 April. EQAR Members approved the accounts, the budget, the work plan, the annual report and elected a number of committee members.

Special topics under consideration were the Self-Evaluation Report and a Targeted Review (see above), which were both well received. More about the GA, the new committee members and the thematic session here.

Slide from the presentation "An analysis of Register Committee Decisions"

Call for students to join the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts’ Pool

The ESU’s Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool has been established to promote student engagement in quality assurance and to contribute to the improvement of higher education provision in the European Higher Education Area.

High quality higher education is a constant goal for all higher education stakeholders. Quality assurance, the formal tool that helps higher education institutions (HEIs) to achieve this ambition, gathers experts from different stakeholder groups and includes students. They play an important role in both external and internal quality assurance.

Criteria for selection:

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your horizons, learn new skills, but most of all to let the students' perspective count; submit your application until 14 June to join the ESU quality assurance student experts' pool

Call for contributions EQAF

The 2021 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) Programme Committee is inviting proposals for paper presentations and discussion starters. The 2021 EQAF will take place online on 18 and 19 November. The deadline to submit proposals is 26 July 2021.

EQAF is a landmark event in quality assurance organised annually in mid-November by EUA, ENQA, ESU, and EURASHE and regularly attracts more than 400 participants from the higher education quality assurance community in Europe and beyond.

This year’s Forum will focus on the theme of ‘Building trust and enhancement: from information to evidence’ and will explore the evidence used in external and internal quality assurance and how to improve its use and impact. The call for contributions welcomes submissions from quality assurance practitioners at higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, and researchers in the field.

Further information about EQAF 2021, including the programme and registration information for the online sessions will be available in early September on the event page.

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