Institutional accreditation (IA)

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institutional accreditation
at Aarhus University

Institutional accreditation

Checking the quality of the entire institution instead of each degree programme

A new Danish Act on accreditation came into force on 1 July 2013, as a result of which institutional accreditation is to replace the accreditation of individual degree programmes.

Institutional accreditation places responsibility for the quality assurance and development of degree programmes clearly on the institution concerned and its management. To achieve accreditation for AU, we must show that we have an effective quality assurance system and a strong culture of quality. The actual institutional accreditation process will take place in the course of 2016.

 

A natural feature of quality at AU

In connection with institutional accreditation, the quality system of the entire institution will be assessed by the Danish Accreditation Institution (formerly known as ACE Denmark). This is why the project has been anchored centrally at AU in the Committee for Education.

This will ensure that institutional accreditation forms part of a strategic development of AU’s degree programmes.

At Aarhus University our quality policy for degree programmes is a natural point of focus for our quality work – and therefore for our accreditation work as well. This will ensure that institutional accreditation not only forms part of the strategic development of degree programmes at AU, but is also coordinated with other development initiatives in the administrative division for education, ensuring that the work involved continues to be anchored in our ongoing operations even after the work of the programme group ends.

 

Find more information using the links on the right.

Facts about institutional accreditation

Checking the quality of institutions instead of individual degree programmes

The new Danish Accreditation Act (akkrediteringslov) came into force on 1 July 2013 and means that institutional accreditation is to replace the accreditation of individual degree programmes.

AU is taking part in the first round of institutional accreditation, which gives responsibility for the quality assurance and development of degree programmes to institutions and their managements. In order to achieve accreditation, AU must demonstrate that we have an effective quality assurance system and a strong culture of quality. The actual process of institutional accreditation will take place at the start of 2016.

Links to AU’s strategy and quality policy in the field of education

Institutional accreditation involves the quality system of the entire institution being assessed by the Danish Accreditation Institution (the former ACE Denmark). Consequently, the project is based centrally at the AU Education Committee.

Aarhus University’s quality policy for education is a natural point of focus for quality efforts – and thereby for accreditation work. This will ensure that institutional accreditation is included in a strategic development of the degree programmes at AU.

Find more information via the links on the right-hand side.

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