The first survey within the DEQAR (Database of External Quality Assurance Reports) project was published. Through an analysis of accreditation reports, its goal was to establish how quality assurance agencies translate the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), especially standards 1.2 and 1.9, in different national contexts.
The analysis focuses on institutional external quality assurance reports available in the DEQAR base, from Croatia, Estonia, Finland and Portugal – countries with very different higher education systems. In every country, one report per type of higher education institution was chosen. A total of 17 reports were analysed (6 in Croatia, 4 in Estonia, 3 in Finland and 4 in Portugal).
The aim of the survey was to establish whether ESG were in line with the design, approval and the follow-up of programmes in institutional external evaluation reports, and whether quality assurance agencies translate ESG in different ways while evaluating higher education institutions.
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