September 2014


  • AQU Quality labels for degree programmes and institutions
    AQU Catalunya is a key instrument for university policy in Catalonia that instigated and has consolidated an internationally recognised external quality assurance system for degree courses in Catalonia. The purpose of quality assurance procedures by the Agency is, as far as study programmes are concerned, to improve and enhance their academic quality. At the same time, the European Union faces the strategic challenge of improving the quality of higher education and learning and aligning them with the needs and requirements of society and the labour market. One of the instruments available for successfully dealing with these challenges are external quality assurance agencies like AQU Catalunya.
    AQU Catalunya - Editorial Department
  • Analysis on the effectiveness of reports issued on tenure-track (pre-/non-career grade) teaching staff (2003-2013)
    Since the requirement for assessment reports to be issued for tenure-track (pre-/non-career grade) teaching staff was first introduced in 2003, more than 6,600 cases have been assessed, of which 60% received a favourable evaluation. As stipulated in law, a position as a pre-/non-career grade (tenure-track) university lecturer (lector) opens the door to a career in academia (as contract staff) and subsequently leads to higher categories with an open-ended contract. This article describes three relevant variables used to analyse the effectiveness of these assessment reports. The three variables used are the success rate, the age at which applicants receive a favourable assessment, and the appeal rate.
    Esteve Arboix Codina - Head of Teaching Staff Assessment department

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