Accreditation of Systems and Institutions
ASIIN offers procedures for system or institutional accreditation that can be completed with a quality seal for an educational institution or its quality management system.
Quality Comprehension and Quality Responsibility
In auditing and evaluating educational institutions and their quality management systems, we follow two convictions:
- The content-related quality for teaching and learning is determined by the higher education institution itself. By defining the learning outcomes of its study programmes and the design of its quality management, the higher education institution expresses its strategic orientation, it’s profile and its integration into the social context.
- In this, the higher education institution includes external requirements of the political, judicial and socio-economic environment within which it devises and implements its educational programmes. As a consequence, content-related quality is not defined arbitrarily, since its definition process must also meet quality standards: quality criteria for higher education institutions can only be developed in relation to its effects on society, the economy and educational policy.
The instruments and processes to be used for quality management purposes in an educational institution are not prescribed in the quality criteria for awarding a seal. This is done in a conscious effort to allow the institution to choose and apply these in order to achieve their own quality goals.
During a procedure for system and institutional accreditation, not only the individual quality assurance activities are reviewed, but also their systemic integration and governance. This needs quality management that at the very least involves teaching and learning processes. Our interest is aimed at the effect the selected quality management has within an institution.