What is the accreditation visit?

The objective of the national AVA system (Self-assessment – Periodic evaluation – Accreditation) is to improve the quality of the teaching and research carried out by the Universities, via the application of a Quality Assurance (QA) model based on internal procedures for the design, management, self-assessment and improvement of learning and scientific activities and via external verification carried out in a clear and transparent manner.
This verification results in an Accreditation opinion, following a process that recognises when a University (and its Degree Programmes) possesses (initial Accreditation) or has maintained (periodic Accreditation) the Quality Requirements that enable it to carry out its institutional functions.
The periodic Accreditation of locations has a maximum duration of five years and is granted by MIUR, on a recommendation from ANVUR, following verification that the requirements for initial Accreditation are met and satisfaction of the R1-4 quality requirements, based on the outcome of on-site visits by the Committees of Evaluation Experts (CEV). Pursuant to art .3 of Min. Decree 987/2016, this verification must take the following elements into account:

  1. analysis of the data contained in the annual report of the Evaluation Group and the results of the monitoring and control of the quality of teaching and research activities carried out by all parties involved in the University quality system;
  2. evaluation of the information contained in the Annual Forms for the Degree Programmes (SUA-CdS), including the related Review Reports, and evaluation of the information contained in the Annual Forms for Research prepared by the Departments;
  3. indicators for the periodic evaluation specified in the Guidelines (chapter 9)