The AUDIT assessment model is aligned with the criteria and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), and is intended to support for those universities that aim to comply with the recommendations for internal quality assurance.
This model encompasses three clearly defined phases:
- Guidelines for IQAS design: the agency provides Centres with guidelines to design Internal Quality Assurance Systems for the programmes taught in such centres.
- IQAS design certification: in this stage, a procedure for the recognition and certification of said systems by external quality assurance agencies is deployed.
- Certification of implemented IQAS: after the IQAS design has been certified, the centre starts to implement this system and, subsequently, the agency certifies the IQAS that is to be implemented in this centre.
Additionally, it is highly recommended that the involved Higher Education Institutions submit a summarized report (of under 10 pages) including specific information regarding the degree of development of the procedure for obtaining accreditations, either national or international, for university degrees or masters’ degrees, or institutional accreditations, that they may teach at this time, as well as a detailed description of its quality structure, and the goals that they intend to achieve with this project. The sole purpose of this is to enable ANECA to assess the degree of institutional commitment and the starting position of the Higher Education Institution involved, for the purposes of assessing whether its profile is appropriate to successfully take part in this procedure.
When this is the case, ANECA will send to IES a model of the collaboration agreement in which the participation methods and the purposes of each phase must be clearly defined.
Once that there is a signed agreement, the Higher Education Institution is invited to start designing and obtaining certification for its Internal Quality Assurance System (IQAS), as well as working on its future implementation and certification in each of the university’s centres.
The AUDIT procedure applies the following official fees that have been approved by the Spanish Treasury and must be complied with: AUDIT procedure fees.