NVAO (the Netherlands and Flanders)
The accreditation procedure
NVAO's accreditation procedure consists of three consecutive steps: the self evaluation, the external assessment and the accreditation.
The first step in the accreditation procedure is the self evaluation. The institution and/or the programme is responsible for carrying out a self-evaluation of the programme(s) concerned. This process is concluded with a self-evaluation report. The self-evaluation report contains a description and evaluation of the programme. The institution sends the self-evaluation report to a quality assessment agency.
The second step in the accreditation procedure is the external assessment. An assessment panel is responsible for the external assessment of the programme. The composition of the assessment panel should be in line with NVAO requirements.
The assessment panel assesses the quality of the self-evaluation (including the methodology used to realise it) and whether the programme fulfils the criteria of the NVAO's assessment framework. The external assessment focuses on learning outcomes. The panel writes down their findings, considerations and conclusions in their assessment report.
The third step in the accreditation framework is accreditation itself. NVAO evaluates the assessment report, the overall conclusions expressed in it, the panel composition and the methodology used.
Subsequently, NVAO takes an accreditation decision and lays down its findings in an accreditation report. Finally, the panel's assessment report and NVAO's accreditation report (including the accreditation decision) are published by NVAO.
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