Looking at Study Programmes: Programme Accreditation
The object of programme accreditation is the individual study programme. A successful programme accreditation confirms that a programme meets certain requirements - the quality criteria that apply to a certain seal.
Quality Comprehension and Quality Responsibility
ASIIN views quality of study programmes as a result of a successfully operating qualification process, the interaction between its elements and finally the achievement of its objective, which is attaining the intended learning outcomes for the students.
The content-related specification of the quality of a study programme is defined within the objectives formulated by the higher education institution itself. In addition, there are external requirements made by the political, legal and socio-economical environment, within which the degree programme is designed and realised.
The quality of a study programme is also demonstrated by the level of success that graduates achieve in their profession. It depends on the commitment of all stakeholders within and outside of the higher education institution. We therefore see it as crucial that relevant stakeholders at the institution are involved in the planning, steering, and implementation of this process.
The ASIIN programme accreditation procedure reviews the logic and effectiveness of the qualification process within a study programme. Central to the overall assessment is the effective attainment of the objectives set by the institution itself.
Regardless of which programme seal is the goal, the responsibility for the process and therefor the definition of learning outcomes is the main responsibility of the institutions themselves. This also gives them the opportunity to express their strategic orientation, profile formation and integration into the social context.
ASIIN’s subject focus
With regard to programme accreditation, ASIIN has specialized in reviewing and certifying Bachelor and Master programmes:
- in engineering
- in computer science
- in natural sciences
- in all interdisciplinary areas that include one or more of the aforementioned subject areas
- in international and European collaborations, e.g. “double degree” or “joint degree”, that include one of the aforementioned subject areas
- in teacher training programmes
The membership structure of ASIIN, its organisation in panels with a broad base of experts in science and professional practice in the fields of technical sciences, natural sciences, business administration and their interdisciplinary combinations, provide the necessary backbone for an internationally operating agency for programme accreditation.