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20.7.2016

AQU's Governing Board endorses the new VSMA Framework

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The Governing Board of AQU Catalunya has endorsed the new VSMA Framework for the validation, monitoring, modification and accreditation of recognised degrees, which replaces the framework endorsed in 2010.

Given the need to adapt the original Framework to the new ESG (2015) and prevailing regulations governing recognised degree courses, and to better comply with the requirements of quality assurance in line with the greater dynamism of degree courses following adaptation to EHEA guidelines, AQU's Governing Board has endorsed the new VSMA Framework, the main features of which are:

1. Give impetus to institutional review following the trend towards self-accredited universities
2. Give impetus to the automatic generation of review reports in order to improve process efficiency
3. The underpinning of accreditation as a procedure that contributes more added value to higher education institutions
4. Enhanced consistency of the map of qualifications through the use of benchmarks (clusters)

The Governing Board also endorsed:

  • Modification of the planned site visits to faculties in 2016 and planning for 2017
  • Draft of the Action Plan and budget planning for 2017
  • The participation of AQU Catalunya as main partner in the Master's programme in quality enhancement in higher education
  • That approval of the Agency's self-assessment report for the ESG be delegated to the Board's Standing Committee 

For more information on the agreements adopted, see: http://www.aqu.cat/aqu/estructura/organs/consell_direccio.html [ca]