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Accreditation

Accreditation renewal

AQUIB is the evaluating entity carrying out accreditation renewal processes of official study programs of the higher education system of the Balearic Islands. Degrees consisting of 240 ECTS, in addition to Master's degrees and PhDs, must renew its accreditation before six years. Study programs consisting of 300 to 360 ECTS must renew its accreditation before eight years.

The accreditation renewal process is focused on a compliance verification of the commitments made in the verification report. In addition, it pursues to evaluate the results of the study program, ensuring its quality. In that sense, the accreditation renewal process will advise on the continuation of the study program. These results are based, among other aspects, on the verification of the acquisition of competencies by students and academic staff, the material resources and services that support the development of the program, and the analysis of the evolution of its results.

Self-assessment


The university describes and self-evaluates the study program in line with the criteria established in the Agency's guidelines. Outcome: Self-Assessment Report (IA)

External visit


Panel members, appointed by AQUIB, conduct a thorough analysis of the SAR and arrange an on-site visit to compare the collected information. Its primary objective is to produce a report that assesses the study program's adherence to the Agency's standards and criteria. Outcome: Evidence of site visit (EV).

CET Evaluation


AQUIB's accreditation commissions assess the IA, the EV and other available information. Following their analysis, commission members compose a comprehensive report proposal, which is subsequently forwarded to the university for review. The university is granted a 20-day period to raise objections to the report. Once this deadline expires, the Commission issues the Final Accreditation Report (IFA), which includes the accreditation decision. This is then distributed to the university, the Council of Universities (CU), the Ministry of Education, and the relevant Autonomous Community/es. Outcome: Final Accreditation Report (IFA).

Resolution


After receiving the IFA, the CU makes a resolution within six months from the university's request. Within three business days of the approving resolution, the CU informs the university and shares it with the Ministry of Universities, the relevant Autonomous Community/ies, and AQUIB. Outcome: Resolution.


The linked texts are exclusively provided in Spanish and Catalan.

  1. Royal Decree 576/2023, of July 4, which modifies Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, regulating official doctoral studies.
  2. Organic Law 2/2023, of March 23, of the University System.
  3. Royal decree 822/2021, of September 28, which establishes the organization of university education and quality assurance procedure.
  4. Royal decree 43/2015 , of February 2, which modifies Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29, which establishes the organization of official university education, and Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, by which regulates the official Doctoral Studies.
  5. Royal decree 534/2013, of July 12, which modifies Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29, which establishes the organization of official university education; 99/2011, of January 28, which regulates official doctoral studies; and 1892/2008, of November 14, which regulates the conditions for access to official university degree courses and admission procedures to Spanish public universities.
  6. Royal decree 99/2011, of January 28, regulating official doctoral studies.
  7. Royal decree 1125/2003, of September 5, which establishes the European credit system and the qualification system in official university degrees and valid in throughout the national territory.

The Commission of Study Programmes Evaluation (CET) oversees the processes related to the follow-up and ex post accreditation for official university study programmes. It operates based on the criteria established in the Agency's external evaluation guidelines. The composition and functions of the CET are defined by the Internal Operating Rules of the CET and Panels of AQUIB. According to its regulations, this commission is divided into two subcommissions:


Subcommission of Arts and Humanities, Social and Legal Sciences


President


Trinidad Barrera López, emeritus professor of the Spanish Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Arts and Humanities).

Academic representative (Arts and Humanities)


Olga Fernández Soriano, professor of Spanish (Autonomous University of Madrid) and Tomás Antonio Mantecón Movellán, professor of Modern History (Universidad de Cantabria).

Academic representative (Social and Juridical Sciences)


Fuensanta Hernández Pina, honorary emeritus Professor of Research and diagnosis Methods in Education (Universidad de Murcia); Amalia Morales Villena, full professor of Social Work (Universidad de Granada); Andreu Olesti Rayo, professor of International Public Law (Universitat de Barcelona); and Jordi Suriñach Caralt, professor of Applied Economics (Universitat de Barcelona).

Student representative


Celia Martínez González, PhD student, Universidá d'Uviéu.

Quality representative


Amparo Chirivella Ramón, QA responsible in University of Valencia.

Professional representative


Miguel Albertí Amengual, Balearic Islands Bar Association.

Secretariat


Lara García Gimeno, Balearic Agency of Quality Assurance in Higher Education.


Subcommission of Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering and Architecture


President


Carmen Fenoll Comes, professor of plant physiology, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (Sciences).

Academic representatives (Sciences)


Francesc Marqués Truyol, professor of Applied Physics (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) y Olga Busto Busto, full professor of Analytic Chemistry (Universitat Rovira i Virgili).

Academic representatives (Health Sciences)


María del Carmen Carda Batalla, professor of histology (Universitat de València) y José Miguel Fernández Dols, professor of social psychology (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).

Academic representatives (Engineering and Architecture)


María José Escalona Cuaresma, professor of computing engineering (Universidad de Sevilla) y Dolores C. Pérez Marín, professor of agricultural engineering (Universidad de Córdoba)

Student representative


Clara Isabel Urbán Martín, student of bachelor of sociology (UNED) and bachelor of primary school education (Universidad Camilo José Cela).

Quality representative


Sandra Marcos Ortega, QA responsible in Universidad Pontifica de Salamanca.

Professional representative


Agustí Vergés Aguiló, Balearic Islands College of Chemists.

Secretariat


Lara García Gimeno, Agència de Qualitat Universitària de les Illes Balears.


A panel of experts, as part of the ex post accreditation for study programmes, is responsible for conducting the university site visit. The selection of its members is done following specific technical criteria detailed in the Internal Operating Rules of the CET and Panels of AQUIB. Below are the panels designated for this task, organised by the year of the visit:

  1. On-site visit Expert panels (2023)
  2. On-site visit Expert panels (2022)
  3. On-site visit Expert panels (2021)
  4. On-site visit Expert panels (2020)
  5. On-site visit Expert panels (2019)
  6. On-site visit Expert panels (2018)
  7. On-site visit Expert panels (2017)

All submitted applications are reviewed to ensure they meet the established requirements for evaluating educational quality and research and development. This analysis is conducted in accordance with the ESG standards to determine the candidate's inclusion in our Evaluation Bank. This process remains open year-round. The specific requirements for evaluators, according to their category are detailed in the corresponding document, and are summarized here as follows:

Teaching academic experts and/or researchers

  1. University teachers and scientific researchers who have experience in the area of the evaluated programme.
  2. Not professionally related to the University and Research System of the Balearic Islands in the last five years.
  3. Positive consideration given to knowledge of quality assurance processes and the R+D+I evaluation system.

Students 

  1. Enrolled in an official university programme (or having completed one within the last two years) in the knowledge area of the evaluated programme, or with accredited experience in this area.
  2. Not currently enrolled or having completed studies within the university system of the Balearic Islands in the last five years.
  3. Positive consideration given to knowledge of quality assurance processes.

Experts in university quality

  1. Not professionally affiliated with the university and research system of the Balearic Islands within the last five years.
  2. Possess knowledge in the implementation of quality assurance systems in higher education.
  3. Positive consideration given to experience in the evaluation of institutional follow-up or accreditation.

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