Institutional Evaluation Programme

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The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA) that offers evaluations to support the participating institutions in the continuing development of their strategic management and internal quality culture. The IEP is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). The distinctive features of the Institutional Evaluation Programme are:

  • A strong emphasis on the self-evaluation phase
  • A European perspective
  • A peer-review approach
  • A support to improvement

The focus of the IEP is the institution as a whole and not the individual study programmes or units. It focuses upon:

  • Decision-making processes and institutional structures and effectiveness of

strategic management

  • Relevance of internal quality processes and the degree to which their

outcomes are used in decision-making and strategic management as well as perceived gaps in these internal mechanisms. The evaluation is guided by four key questions, which are based on a ‘fitness for (and of) purpose’ approach:

  • What is the institution trying to do?
  • How is the institution trying to do it?
  • How does it know it works?
  • How does the institution change in order to improve?
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