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16.9.2011

Overall assessment of the ex-ante accreditation and modification processes

With Royal Decree 861/2010, 2 July, which amended Royal Decree 1393/2007, 29 October, concerning the academic regulations for recognised university qualifications and awards, jurisdiction over the ex-ante accreditation of recognised university degree programmes offered by Catalan universities was handed back to AQU Catalunya.

Since then, the Agency has developed its own methodology for the ex-ante accreditation of degree programmes that sets out the legal requirements for the process and gives guidelines for the universities as regards programme design and the drawing up of reports for programme ex-ante accreditation. The Guide for the design and ex-ante accreditation of Bachelor and Master's programmes sets out the criteria and guidelines of the REACU (Spanish network of university quality assurance agencies) for the evaluation of proposals submitted by the universities for ex-ante accreditation and modification.

The following tables summarise the ex-ante accreditation activities undertaken by AQU Catalunya up until now. 

Proposals submitted according to university 

  UB UAB UPC UPF UdG UdL URV UOC URL UVic UIC UAO Total
Bachelor 1   2             2   2 7
Master's 5 10 4 7 2 2 5 3 7 5 6 8 64

Total

6 10 6 7 2 2 5 3 7 7 6 10 71

Result of ex-ante accreditation, according to subject area/review panel 

  Favourable Unfavourable Still under review Withdrew Total
Humanities 3 2 4 1 10
Social Sciences 13 12 3 5 33
Sciences     3 1 4
Health Sciences 4 1 1   6
Engineering and Architecture 17   1   18

Total

37 15 12 7 71

The same criteria used in ex-ante accreditation were used to evaluate proposals to modify degree programmes already introduced and running. The following tables summarise the degree modification activities undertaken by AQU Catalunya up until now. 

Reports received according to university 

  UB UAB UPC UPF UdG UdL URV UOC URL UVic UIC UAO Total
Bachelor 1 23 3 17 6   2   69
Master's 5 8   13 1 3   1         31

Total

6 31 3 30 7 6 2 1 5 2 7   100

Result of the evaluation of modifications to degree programmes, according to subject area/review panel 

  Favourable Unfavourable Still under review Withdrew Total
Humanities 11 6     17
Social Sciences 40 5 3   48
Sciences 1   1   2
Health Sciences 14   2 1 17
Engineering and Architecture 15 1     16

Total

81 12 6 1 100

In the ex-ante accreditation and modification processes, seventy-eight (78) reviewers were involved, thirty-three (33) of which were external to the special review panels of the CAS/Quality Assessment Commission.

Enllaç extern Ex-ante accreditation and degree modification reports issued 

  • ENQA
  • EQAR
  • ISO

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