ANVUR, in accordance to ENQA (“European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education”) and EQAR (“European Quality Assurance Register”) recommendations, and in compliance with Ministerial Decree no. 289/2021 (General guidelines of the three-year programme of the University system for the three-year period 2021-2023) and with the Ministerial Decree no. 1154/2021 (Self-assessment, external assessment, initial and periodic accreditation of universities and study programmes) promoted and established an institutional working group made up of representatives from MUR, CUN, CRUI, CODAU, CNSU, CONVUI and CONPAQ, in charge of the definition of the new Model of Periodic Accreditation of University and their study programmes (AVA 3).
The draft requirements:
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 the Governing Board in the meeting of 26 May 2022 .pdf) were taken into account in drawing up the version of the requirements and indicators used 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, geographical location and type of study offer (both in presence and full or partial distance teaching and learning).
The contributions received were used to update the final version of the AVA 3 Model, including reading notes, and the new Guidelines for the Quality Assurance System of universities and their study programmes and for their evaluation in view of periodic accreditation.
New AVA 3 requirements, aligned with the evaluation domains set out in Annex C of Ministerial Decree N. 1154/2021, have been revised compared to the previous version of the model (AVA 2). The main changes can be summarised as follows:
The Points of Attention and the Aspects to be Considered have also been clarified with reading notes for all the Requirements. A new formulation without question points has been proposed, so as to underline that these should be read as good practice indications to be implemented within the university 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 devoted 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.
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