Public consultation phase for the proposed new Accreditation Manual
The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) is currently revising the National Quality Assurance Framework for Further and Higher Education, as well as the Provider Audit Manual of Procedures, hereafter renamed as External Quality Assurance: Accreditation Manual, as part of the Erasmus+ project Support to the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) National Reference Points (NRPs).
The external quality assurance processes conducted based on the Accreditation Manual aim to:
- certify the compliance of the providers with the indicators included in the Manual;
- consolidate the internal quality assurance systems at institutional level;
- support the providers in the quality enhancement and continuous development of their operations;
- increase the quality of learning outcomes across the Maltese higher education sector;
- enhance the student learning experience.
The Accreditation manual is introducing the notions of minimal and performance indicators: the minimal indicators reflect the mandatory level of achievement that providers have to demonstrate compliance with for accreditation purposes and which must be met both before the commencement of their operations (at licensing stage), as well as throughout their activities (during every audit process); the performance indicators reflect the mandatory level of achievement that providers have to demonstrate compliance with during the audit process in order to have their accreditation confirmed and therefore must be met starting with the first audit that a provider undergoes five years after the commencement of its operations and continuously throughout their entire licensing period.
In order to ensure that the Accreditation Manual is in line with the views of all those involved and reflects their needs and expectations, MFHEA is now conducting a public consultation inviting providers delivering higher education programmes, student representatives, quality assurance experts and national stakeholders to share their views on the new processes and procedures for accreditation at institutional level. For this purpose, a survey was developed in order to collect the feedback of those interested on the new processes and procedures.
Closing date for the survey is 21st December 2022.
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