În urma evaluării externe coordonată de ENQA, efectuată în anul 2018, Board-ul ENQA a reconfirmat, la 13.09.2018, calitatea ARACIS de agenție membră a ENQA pentru următorii cinci ani, începând cu data sus-menționată.
Scrisoare Board ENQA
Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS)
Bdul Marasti nr.59, sector 1 (in cadrul USAMV Bucuresti – Facultatea de imbunatatiri funciare)
011464 Bucharest Romania
Bern, 1 October 2018
Subject: Reconfirmation of membership of ARACIS in ENQA
Dear Mr. Damian,
I am pleased to inform you that, at its meeting of 13 September 2018, the Board of ENQA agreed to reconfirm the ARACIS membership of ENQA for five years from that date. The Board concluded that ARACIS is in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015) and thus fulfils the membership criteria according to article 6, paragraph 1 of ENQA‘s rules of procedure.
Overall, the Board commends the efforts ARACIS has made since the last review to further enhance its quality assurance activities.
The Board would like to provide an articulation regarding standard 3.6 Internal quality assurance and professional conduct, where its opinion differs from that of the panel:
ESG 3.6 Internal quality assurance and professional conduct
The review panel notes that “ARACIS should provide searchable digital copies of evaluation reports to the members of its Permanent Specialty Commissions and other committees in advance of meetings where such reports are discussed”. While the recommendation of the review panel under this standard remains justified and relevant, the Board is of the opinion that the panel’s judgement of the standard 3.6 as substantially compliant was overly strict as the requirements of the standard are met. Therefore, in the opinion of the Board, the standard
3.6 can be considered as fully compliant.
Furthermore, the Board emphasises the need to give more attention to ESG standards 3.4 and
2.6. Concerning ESG 3.4 Thematic analysis, the Board calls for ARACIS to continue with the good practice of regular publishing of reports that describe and analyse the general findings of their external quality assurance activities, such as the annual synthetic reports on the quality and quality assurance in Romanian higher education.
The Board would also like ARACIS to take specific note of the panel’s recommendation in relation to standard 2.6 Reporting, where ARACIS, as noted by the panel, “should ensure that they deliver improved performance, storage, organisation and presentation of data, including via the new ARACIS website, and that all its reports can be indexed by internet search engines”.
The Board would like to receive a follow-up report within two years of its decision, i.e. by September 2020.
The Board also encourages ARACIS to take advantage of the voluntary progress visit – a new enhancement-led feature in the review process. The visit would take place in about two years’ time from this decision. The ENQA Secretariat will be in touch with you in about a year’s time to discuss this possibility. The costs of this visit have already been included as part of the review fee and are non-refundable except for the travel costs of the experts. More information about the progress visit can be found in the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the ENQA Secretariat.
Please accept my congratulations for the re-confirmation of membership of ARACIS. Yours sincerely,
Christoph Grolimund President
Annex: Areas for development
Detalii pot fi găsite mai jos:
Comisia de evaluare a fost alcătuită din:
David William Cairns (Președinte, expert în asigurarea calității – nominalizat de ENQA)
Agnes Leinweber (Secretar, expert în asigurarea calității – nominalizat de ENQA)
Hannele Marjatta Niemi (cadru didactic – nominalizat de EUA)
Simona Dimovska (student – nominalizat de ESU)