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Periodic Accreditation

ANVUR, in according to ENQA “European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education” and EQAR “European Quality Assurance Register” recommendations, and in compliance with Ministerial Decree 289/2021, General guidelines of the three-year programme of the University system for the three-year period 2021-2023, and with the DM 1154/2021 Self-assessment, assessment, initial and periodic accreditation of universities and study programmes, promoted and established an institutional working group attended by representatives of MUR, CUN, CRUI, CODAU, CNSU, CONVUI and CONPAQ for the definition of the new Model of Periodic Accreditation of University and their study programmes (AVA 3).

The draft requirements:

  • has been validated through a series of fruitful targeted meetings with representatives of the main stakeholders (Ministry, CUN, CRUI, CODAU, CNSU, CONVUI, CONPAQ) and with a group of team leaders, coordinators, student evaluators involved in the Evaluation Experts Panels (CEV) with a significant experience of evaluating Universities and Study programmes with AVA 1 and AVA 2 models.
  • subject to a consultation phase with the academic community through the Universities and the Stakeholder (MUR, CUN, CRUI, CODAU, CNSU, CONVUI, CONPAQ, CPPCLMM&C, AIE, etc.) in June 2022.

A significant part of the contributions received from stakeholders and/or Universities during the June public consultation (Model of periodic accreditation of university universities and courses of study (AVA 3) – version approved by Governing Board  in the meeting of 26 May 2022 .pdf) were taken into consideration in drawing up the version of the requirements and indicators for their verification during the three pilot visits (Model of periodic accreditation of University and Study programmes (AVA 3) approved by the Governing Board in the meeting of 8 September 2022 .pdf).

The Requirements approved by the ANVUR Governing Board on 8 September 2022 were tested in three pilot visits carried out between November 2022 and January 2023, in universities of different sizes, different local distribution and type of study offer (in presence or full or partial distance teaching and learning).

The contributions received were used to update the final version of the AVA 3 Model commented with reading notes and the new Guidelines for the University Qualiy Assurance System of universities and their study programmes and for their evaluation for periodic accreditation.

New AVA 3 requirements, aligned with the evaluation domains set out in Annex C of Ministerial Decree N. 1154/2021, has been revised from the previous version of the model (AVA 2). Innovation can be summarised as follows:

  • University quality requirements have been revised paying more attention to:
    • comprehensive vision of the quality of teaching, research, third mission/social impact and other institutional and management activities.
    • attention to context, stakeholders and specificities of the university.
    • systemic integration of policies, strategies and strategic and operational objectives.
    • architecture of the university’s governance system and QA system.
    • monitoring of policies, strategies, processes and results.
    • review of the university’s governance system and QA system, to ensure continuous alignment with the university’s policies and strategies.
  • human, economic-financial, structural, infrastructural, and informative resources in a logic of planning and management aligned to strategic planning.
  • quality requirements of teaching, research and the third mission/social impact at university level have been revised, ensuring greater consistency with the requirements of study programmes, PhD programmes and Departments, paying also more attention to:
    • planning and management of the university’s study offer.
  • management and monitoring of strategic planning of the Departments, with reference to teaching, research and third mission/social impact.
  • quality requirements of teaching for the study programmes have been revised in a logic of greater integration of the study programmes design requirements.
  • quality requirements for PhD programmes have been defined, according to Ministerial Decree no. 226/2021, in line with the requirements of ENQA during the first ANVUR Periodic Accreditation visit.

The Points of Attention and the Aspects to be Considered have also been clarified with reading notes for all the Requirements and proposing a new formulation without question points, to underline that these should be read as good practice to be implemented in the university’s QA system, even before being used by Panels.

The update of the standards of the AVA Model required an adjustment of internal procedures and working tools.

It was therefore considered appropriate to set up a web page in Italian and English entirely dedicated to the publication of Guidelines and support tools for the application of AVA 3 requirements and for the implementation/evaluation of Quality Assurance Systems in universities.

For more information: ava@anvur.it