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Programme accreditation

Degree programmes must be assessed and accredited once every six years to ensure they provide a high standard of education. You may be asked to speak to the assessment panel.

How are degree programmes accredited?

The degree programmes at Dutch universities of applied sciences and research universities are assigned to assessment groups. These are groups of programmes with a comparable curriculum that are assessed by one panel. Degree programmes are assessed once every six years, according to the review schedule of NVAO. If the judgement of the panel is positive, the accreditation term of the programme is extended for a period of six years.

Midterm review

The programme itself conducts a midterm review halfway through the accreditation term. This is done with the aid of external experts. The programme assessment results in an action plan. During the midterm review the programme looks at whether it is on the right track in tackling the problems that were identified during the programme assessment. The results of the midterm review are shared with the assessment panel.

What does this mean for you?

A number of preparations have to be made before a programme assessment. You may be asked to speak to the assessment panel, in which case your manager will inform you in good time. For information on preparing for programme assessments and accreditation, please contact the administration office at your faculty.

Once every six years, the accreditation of Dutch university programmes is renewed by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). The NVAO bases its decision to renew a programme’s accreditation on the assessment of a review committee comprising experts in the field. This committee inspects the programme and determines whether it meets the required quality standards.

38 programmes (including both bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes) in the Faculty of Humanities will be assessed in 2018 and 2019. If the review’s outcome is positive, the accreditation will be renewed for a further six years.

For more information about the assessment criteria and Programme Audits see the infographic

Roadmap for Programme Audits

The committee’s assessments will take place in clusters:

  1. CIW and Media (two programmes, 25–26 October 2018)
  2. Modern Languages and Literature (10 programmes, 22–24 January 2019)
  3. Art and Culture (two programmes, 21-22 March 2019)
  4. A. Area studies, subclusters 1) Middle Eastern Studies and Classics, and 2) International Studies, America and Eurasia Studies (11 programmes, 5-7 June 2019)
    B. Area studies, subcluster 3) Asia and Africa Studies (eight programmes, 19-21 November 2019)
  5. Religion and Theology (two programmes, 27-28 November 2019)
  6. History and International Relations (three programmes, 17-18 October 2019)

The Assessments will be supported on the faculty side by the following members of the Education Advice & Quality Assurance team (Onderwijsadvies & Kwaliteitszorg), a subsection of Teaching and Student Affairs (OSZ): Jetse Siebenga, Margje Kamerling (on leave from 22 February 2019 to 31 July 2019).

The team will be happy to discuss all your questions and comments about the inspections. If you would like to get in touch, please send an e-mail to onderwijsvisitatie@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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