A quarterly publication of AQU Catalunya


April 2016

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Faculty certification is now a reality: a small step forward in the right direction

On different levels in the university system in Catalonia, people have become weary of insistently calling for accreditation to be focused more as an institutional process as to the tedious, one-by-one analysis of each degree. This means, and to refer to models that are being applied in many European countries, prioritising the quality assurance of the internal management systems used by higher education institutions instead of evaluating each individual degree course that they run. Either this or at least a composite process whereby certification of the HEI can take place in tandem with programme accreditation.

Aside from a purely economic analysis (it will escape no-one's attention that a review of an HEI at institutional level will inevitably require fewer resources for everybody involved than a review of all of the institution’s study programmes), there is also an important conceptual aspect. If quality assurance has shown that the HEI itself is running correctly and according to certain standards, this will mean that the delivery of study programmes is also organised and taking place correctly and it thereby assures their quality. In other words, it’s as simple as quality assurance of the "process", as to each specific resulting "product".



  • Equity for graduates in access to and going on from university
    Directed by Helena Troiano, Education and Work Research Group (GRET), Autonomous University of Barcelona/UAB, the study consists of four chapters written by different authors.
    Sandra Fachelli, Jordi Planas, Albert Sànchez-Gelabert, Mijail Figueroa, Marina Elias, Dani Torrents and Lidia Daza - Education and Work Research Group (GRET), Autonomous University of Barcelona/UAB
  • Effects of the crisis on graduate employment outcomes
    The study analyses the effects of the economic crisis on the employment outcomes of graduates from Catalan universities, with attention being focused on the following variables: unemployment, occupation, the employment quality index, salaries, continuing education, job satisfaction and employability.
    Authors: Marc Saez and Maria Antònia Barceló - Statistics, Econometrics and Health Research Group (GRECS), University of Girona, CIBER Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP)
  • AQU Catalunya participates in the TeSLA project (Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning)
    As part of the European framework programme Horizon 2020, the European Commission has endorsed the TeSLA innovation and research project (Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning), the objective of which is to define and develop a system that facilitates online examination in such a way that guarantees authentication and authorship at different points in the learning process
    Esther Huertas - Project manager, AQU Catalunya


  • AQU Catalunya's CLiC Commission fulfils its objectives and completes its work

    Joan Nogué
    President of Tenure-track Lecturer and Collaborating Lecturer Commission

    As you may know, pursuant to the Catalan Parliament's passing of Law 15/2015, 21 July, dealing with the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya), the issue of reports for tenure-track junior lecturers now comes under the jurisdiction of the Research Assessment Commission, and the CLiC Commission that up until recently was responsible for tenure-track and collaborating teaching staff (non-civil servant, non-PhD junior lecturer and auxiliary teaching staff) at Catalan universities has consequently now been dissolved. Given that all teaching assessment is now concentrated under one commission, the situation is much more rational, operational and logical, and it will result not only in the saving of public funds, but also provide a more comprehensive, complete and progressive overview of the academic and professional careers of teaching staff at Catalan universities.




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