Accreditation visit to our University

The Periodic Accreditation visit will begin in the second half of September 2017 and will presumably be completed in June 2018. It will be carried out by a Committee of Evaluation Experts (CEV) appointed by ANVUR. The members of the CEV will include teachers, technical and administrative staff and experts registered with the Association of Evaluation Experts.

Each CEV comprises:

  • System experts: responsible for evaluating aspects relating to the headquarters and, therefore, compliance with Requirements R1, R2, R4.A. Usually they also coordinate the work of the sub-CEV;
  • Subject experts: their number varies depending on the number and variety of the Degree Programmes, in terms of subject areas, and Departments to be visited. Each expert is assigned one or more Degree Programmes in order to check requirement R3, as well as some Departments in order to check compliance with Requirement R4.B;
  • Student experts: usually the same as the number of sub-CEVs, these persons evaluate the aspects directly affecting students at the Headquarters, as well as at Degree Programme and Department level.

 

The visit comprises three phases: a remote examination of the documentation made available, an on-site visit and, lastly, preparation of the CEV Report (Activity chronogram for accreditation visit[.pdf]). 

Remote Examination: Documentary Analysis

As envisaged in the Guidelines, the remote examination will start on 25 September, 8 weeks prior to the on-site visit, and will last about one month (25 October); based on the documentation sent to the CEV (due to take place on 20 September), the CEV will seek to understand and make a preliminary evaluation of the key elements of the QA system, as designed and applied by the University, for the Degree Programmes and Departments to be evaluated.

The documentation to be sent to ANVUR comprises:

  • Summary schedule relating to the Headquarters [Attachment 2] that, for each critical area of the R1, R2, R4.A system requirements, provides a brief self-assessment opinion and specifies the documentary support for that conclusion;
  • Indication of documentary sources for the Degree Programmes and Departments [Attachments 3 and 4], which only includes the documentary sources.

After this phase, the CEV will prepare three Pre-visit notebooks (Headquarters, Degree Programme and Department), each containing the outcome of the analysis of the documentary sources, the matters to be investigated during the on-site visit and provisional comments for each attention point.

Based on the outcome of this first analysis, the CEV prepares at draft Visit programme, detailing the interviews to be carried out and specifying the roles to be interviewed. This programme is sent to the University in time to organise the meetings and summon the persons involved, based on the requests made by the CEV. Subsequently, the University returns the Visit programme after indicating the names of the persons who will participate in the meetings. 

When examining the documentation, the CEV might request additional documentation. Considering the very tight timetable, it is not normally possible to give the CEV any additional documents during the on-site visit unless these are expressly requested by the CEV.

On-site visit

The visit usually comprises three phases: on the first day, the CEV introduces itself and meets the governing bodies in order to examine the system aspects in more detail. On the following three days, the CEV divides into sub-CEVs in order to visit the Degree Programmes. The final day of the visit is dedicated to providing “feedback” to the Rector, with the Chairman of the CEV describing the strengths and areas for improvement identified during the visit. On-site visit agenda [.pdf]

CEV Report and ANVUR Report

The evaluation made during the remote examination, as revised and completed with reference to the evidence obtained during the on-site visit and the feedback session with the Rector on the final day, provides a basis for preparing the Preliminary report of the CEV, which is finalised by the Coordinator under the supervision of the Chairman and approved by all the members in plenary session. Within 60 days of the visit, ANVUR sends the Preliminary report to the University, which has 30 days to present any Comments deemed necessary. The Comments must refer to facts that respond to the information stated on the Headquarters, Degree Programmes and Departments evaluation sheets prepared by the CEV, with a specific link to the documentary sources consulted, the analysis of those documents and the opinions expressed by the CEV. Within 120 days of the visit, after considering the Comments of the University, the CEV prepares Replies to the comments, approves the Final report and sends it to ANVUR. The Replies to the comments, also included on the Evaluation sheets, must make reference to facts responsive to the Comments of the University, with specific reference to the documentary sources and the analysis of them. Activity chronogram after on-site visit[.pdf].

The Quality requirements evaluation sheets for the Headquarters (R1, R2, R4.A), the Degree Programmes (R3) and the Departments (R4.B) contain the information stated in the Pre-visit notebooks, as supplemented by that obtained from the meetings held during the on-site visit, making unambiguous reference to the Visit programme, any additional documents requested by the CEV and the further evidence used in preparing the opinion on the attention point. These Sheets are only finalised after the on-site visit.

The Evaluation sheets contain the information provided by the University (Brief self-assessment opinion and the List of documentary sources indicated by the University for the remote examination) and that referenced by the CEV (Documentary sources identified by the CEV for the remote examination, Sources gathered during the on-site visit, Analysis of the sources, Comments). They also contain any Comments made by the University following receipt of the Preliminary report prepared by the CEV.

Within 45 days of receiving the Final report from CEV, ANVUR prepares a Report on the visit, expressing an opinion on the periodic Accreditation of the location, on the following scale:

LEVEL

OPINION

OUTCOME

A

Very positive

Periodic accreditation for a period of five years

B

Completely satisfactory

Periodic accreditation for a period of five years

C

Satisfactory

Periodic accreditation for a period of five years

D

Conditional

Temporary accreditation, subject to a downgrade to “unsatisfactory” if the reservations expressed are not resolved by the deadline established at the time of the evaluation

AND

Unsatisfactory

Closure of the location

In the ANVUR Report, the Degree Programmes visited are either accredited or not accredited. In the event of an adverse opinion, the Degree Programme concerned will be closed (Min Decree 987/2016, arts. 3 and 5), or no new students will be allowed to enrol (while enabling enrolled students to complete their studies), without prejudice to the opportunity to re-present the Degree Programme for new activation after an in-depth revision of the learning project. The final Report of ANVUR will not contain the CEV evaluation of each attention point for each Degree Programme and Department, but this detail will be sent to the Rector in order to highlight the specific issues and their severity. Ahead of the subsequent accreditation, the Evaluation Group guarantees implementation of any recommendations made by ANVUR on matters relating to the Headquarters and on the functioning of the individual Degree Programmes.

The Final report of the CEV is sent to the University at the same time as the ANVUR Report. Only the latter is made public on the ANVUR website.

The ANVUR Report accompanied by the Accreditation opinion and recommendation, is sent to MIUR by ANVUR.

The Accreditation is granted by MIUR via a Ministerial Decree.

 

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L'assicurazione della qualità in Ateneo: la visita di accreditamento (in Italian)

 

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Interiew to the Chairman of the University Quality Committee (in Italian)