Rs 414.205.3 Directives Of The Council Of Universities Of 28 May 2015 For Accreditation In The Field Of Higher Education (Accreditation Lehe Guidelines)

Original Language Title: RS 414.205.3 Directives du Conseil des hautes écoles du 28 mai 2015 pour l’accréditation dans le domaine des hautes écoles (Directives d’accréditation LEHE)

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414.205.3 guidance by the Council of higher education for accreditation in the field of high schools (guidelines for accreditation LEHE) may 28, 2015 (status on 1 July 2015) the Council of higher education, view of art. 30, al. 2, of the Act of September 30, 2011 on the encouragement and coordination of universities (LEHE), view the art. 2, al. 2, let. b, point 1, of the Convention of February 26, 2015 between the Confederation and the cantons on cooperation in the field of higher education, lays down the following guidelines: Section 1 provisions general art. 1 purpose these guidelines specify the requirements of institutional accreditation according to art. 30 LEHE and accreditation of programs according to art. 31 LEHE. They define: a. the conditions of admission to the accreditation procedure; b. the conditions for institutional accreditation and the accreditation of programs and the effects of institutional accreditation (c) rules of procedure; d. the quality standards to be applied in proceedings.

Art. 2 curriculum are considered as curriculum under the terms of these guidelines: a. curriculum of bachelor including 180 credits ECTS; b. the programs of master studies including 90 to 120 credits ECTS; c. the training curriculum including at least 60 credits ECTS; d. curriculum accreditation according to the LEHE is scheduled in a law special.

ECTS = European Credit Transfer System art. 3 accreditation agencies are considered to be accrediting agencies under the terms of the Swiss Agency for accreditation and quality assurance guidelines, just like other agencies Swiss and foreign recognized by the Swiss Accreditation Board (Accreditation Board).
Accreditation agencies lead accreditation under art procedures. 32 LEHE.
The conditions and the procedure for recognition of other accreditation agencies Swiss or foreign are defined by the Council on accreditation in a specific directive.

Section 2 Conditions for admission to the Art. accreditation procedure 4 institutional accreditation a university or another institution in the field of higher education is admitted to institutional accreditation when it meets the following conditions: a. it respects the principle of freedom and unity of teaching and research; b. it corresponds to one of the following types of high school: 1 University, 2 University or college;

c. She rule, if any, admission to undergraduate studies according to the art. 23 to 25 and 73 LEHE, and, in the case of a University of applied sciences, it also respects the provisions on the nature of the studies referred to in art. 26 LEHE; d. She has a quality assurance system (art. 30, para. 1, letter has, LEHE); e. it is compatible with the European area of higher education; f. has in Switzerland an infrastructure and teaching staff, research and services adapted to its type and its profile; g. a cohort of students has completed a program of study; h. it has the necessary resources to maintain its activities (art. 30 al. 1, let. c, LEHE) and has taken measures to enable students to complete a program of studies begun; i. She is a legal person in Switzerland.

A high school or other institution in the field of higher education is admitted to the procedure of institutional accreditation without verification of the conditions referred to in para. 1 if it meets one of the following conditions: a. it is already for the benefit of institutional according to the LEHE accreditation; (b) it was created by federal law prior to the entry into force of the LEHE; c. it was recognized as entitled to subsidies under the Federal Act of 8 October 1999 on aid to universities (LAU) or the Federal law of 6 October 1995 on specialized higher schools (LHES) (art. 75 al. 2, LEHE); d. She was already, before the entry into force of the LEHE, a high pedagogical school of public law according to cantonal law.

[RO 2000 948, 2003 187 annex ch. II 3, 2004-2013, 2007 5779 ch. II 5, 2008 307 3437 ch. II 18, 2011 5871, 2012 3655 I 10. [RO 2014 4103 Annex no I 1] [RO 1996 2588, 2002 953, 2005 4635, 2006 2197 annex ch. 37, 2012 3655 ch. I 11. [RO 2014 4103 annex c. I 2] art. 5 accreditation of programs a curriculum is admitted to the accreditation of programs if the following conditions are met: a. high school or other institution in the field of higher education responsible of the curriculum is to the benefit of institutional accreditation under the terms of the LEHE; b. a cohort of students completed the curriculum.

The joint study programs are governed by the same rules and standards as other programs of studies. They are admitted to the accreditation of programs if the universities or other institutions in the field of higher education filing the application: a. award the title; ETB. are responsible for the quality of the curriculum.

Section 3 terms of institutional accreditation and accreditation of programmes art. 6 institutional accreditation a university or another institution in the field of higher education is accredited when it meets the quality standards set to the 22 art.

Art. 7 accreditation of programs of high schools or other institutions in the field of higher education accredited according to the LEHE are accredited when they fill out: a. quality standards laid down in art. 23; ETB. If necessary, other standards specified in special laws.

Section 4 effects of institutional accreditation art. 8. the high school or other institution in the field of higher education is accredited in accordance with his request as a University, University Institute, University of applied sciences, University of Applied Sciences Institute or college.
She receives the right to the name according to art. 29 LEHE.
In the case of a college into a University of applied sciences, the University of applied sciences receives the right to the name for the College as part of the institutional accreditation of the University of applied sciences.

Section 5 Art. accreditation Procedure 9 General provisions the accreditation procedure is the system of quality assurance of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education.
The universities or other institutions in the field of higher education include, taking into account their organizational particularities in the accreditation procedure all representative groups, especially the body student, intermediate, and faculty and administrative and technical personnel.
The results of external quality reviews can be taken into account insofar as they are not more than three years.
A curriculum of Bachelor's degree may be accredited in the same procedure with the corresponding consecutive master's degree program.
According to the LEHE accreditation procedures can be conducted at the same time that the procedures of other agencies or organizations for accreditation as long as all the quality standards of these guidelines are taken into account.
The high school or other institution in the field of higher education chooses the accreditation agency that will lead the process of institutional accreditation or certification program among accreditation agencies recognized by the Council on accreditation.

Art. 10 filing of the application and decision about the introduction to institutional accreditation, the high school or other institution in the field of higher education shall file with the Board of accreditation a reasoned request. If the conditions provided for in art. 4 are met, the Accreditation Board decides on the introduction and shall send the documents to the accreditation agency for review. If the conditions are not met, the Accreditation Board decides the Nem.
For the accreditation of programs, the high school or other institution in the field of higher education shall file with the Agency for certification a reasoned request. If the conditions provided for in art. 5 are met, the accreditation agency comes into material on demand. If the conditions are not met, she decided the dismissal. She informed the Board of accreditation in both cases.
For accreditation and the renewal of accreditation, the application must be filed in time so that the decision can intervene before the expiry of the accreditation or the period transitional (art. 75 LEHE).

Art. 11 self-assessment high school or other institution in the field of higher education is conducting a self-assessment which she summarizes the results in a written report (self-assessment report).
She puts the self-assessment report to the accreditation agency.

Art. 12 external Evaluation Expert Group checks, based on report self-assessment and an on-site visit, that the high school or other institution of the area high schools or curriculum meets quality standards.
During the on-site visit, he conducts interviews with all representative groups who are involved in the procedure.
It shall prepare a report that contains:

a. an assessment of the system of quality assurance of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education on the basis of quality standards; (b) the need for the recommendations and proposals of conditions for the development of the quality assurance system; c. a proposal for accreditation for the accreditation agency.

Art. 13 composition of the Group of experts the accreditation agency made up for the external evaluation expert group.
She composed it to ensure it has national and international experience and knowledge in the assessment of the application for certification. The type, profile, size and other features of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education must be taken into account.
The composition of the expert group takes into account the sex, age and origin. Experts must be independent and be able to judge impartially.
For the composition of the Group of experts, the following rules apply in addition: a. for institutional accreditation, the Group of experts is composed of at least five people. The Group overall has a current and international experience in management or in the cockpit of a high school or other institution in the field of higher education, in the internal quality of high school or another institution in the field of higher education and in teaching and research as well as, according to the high school or other institution in the field of higher education experience in professional practice or an extra-academique perspective; (b) if the high school accreditation has a high integrated pedagogical school, corresponding skills must be represented on the Panel; c. for the accreditation of programs, the expert group consists of at least three people who represent adequately the field of study and professional practice. For regulated professions, the additional requirements of the special acts must be taken into account; d. for institutional accreditation and accreditation of curricula of courses of basic (bachelor and master), a member of the Group of experts should come from the circle of students.

The accreditation agency means the high school or other institution in the field of high schools about the composition and profile of the Group of experts before you build it up.
The rules provided for in art. 10 of the Federal Act of 20 December 1968 on administrative procedure related to the grounds for disqualification apply to members of the Group of experts.

RS 172.021 art. 14 proposal for the accreditation of the Agency accreditation and decision-making position of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education accreditation agency formula on the basis of the documents relating to the proceedings, in particular the self-assessment report and the report of the experts, a proposal for accreditation for the Accreditation Board.
The high school or other institution in the field of higher education takes position on the report of the experts and the proposal of accreditation from the accreditation agency.
The accreditation agency shall submit for decision to the accreditation board his proposal for accreditation with the self-assessment report, the report of the experts and the position taken at the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education.
The Council on accreditation examines whether the proposal lends itself as a basis for decision; If so, it refers the proposal to the accreditation agency.

Art. 15 decision of accreditation the Accreditation Board decides to institutional accreditation or accreditation of programmes on the basis of the proposal of the Agency of accreditation, the report of self-evaluation, the report of the experts and of the position of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education.
The Accreditation Board may: a. decide accreditation without conditions; b. pronounce accreditation with conditions; c. refuse accreditation.

It determines, as part of the accreditation decision, the period and the terms of control of the fulfilment of the conditions.
It informs the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education and the Agency for the accreditation of its decision.
Decisions of the Council on accreditation for the accreditation are not subject to appeal under art. 65, al. 2, LEHE. The high school or other institution in the field of higher education may apply for reconsideration with the Council on accreditation.

Art. Withdrawal of the application 16 high school or other institution in the field of higher education may withdraw the application at any time.
If the high school or other institution in the field of higher education withdraws its request, she can reapply after 24 months at the earliest.

Art. 17 information to be high school or other institution in the field of higher education high school or other institution in the field of higher education shall immediately communicate to the accreditation board any change resulting in failure to comply with the conditions referred to in art. 6 or in art. 7 art. 18 administrative measures if the conditions for certification are no longer met or if the conditions fixed at the accreditation decision are not made within the time limit, the Accreditation Board takes action in accordance with art. 64 LEHE.

Art. 19 validity of accreditation the accreditation is valid for seven years from the accreditation decision.

Art. 20 publication the Council on accreditation publishes a list of universities and other institutions in the field of accredited universities who have obtained the right to name and accredited curriculum. The list also shows the integrated teacher training colleges.

Section 6 Standards of quality art. 21 principles high school or other institution in the field of higher education is responsible for implementing and maintaining a quality assurance system.
The quality assurance system supports the mission and objectives of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education in the respect of its specificities. The resources committed to the quality assurance system are proportionate to the objectives.
The quality assurance system provides its effects assessment and the implementation of corrective measures.

Art. 22 quality standards for institutional accreditation quality applicable to institutional accreditation standards include standards, grouped into five areas, which are referred to in annex 1. The standards specify the requirements laid down in art. 30 LEHE.
Review of the quality standards takes into account the instructions of the Council of higher education on the typological characteristics of the high schools.

Art. 23 quality standards for accreditation of programs standards for accreditation of programs of study include the standards, grouped into four areas, which are referred to in annex 2.

Section 7 provisions final art. Transitional provision 24 high schools or other institutions in the field of higher education which were recognized as entitled to subsidies under the LAU or the shawl can be accredited until 31 December 2022 curriculum whose accreditation according to the LEHE is provided for in the law of 23 June 2006 on the medical professions and courses of high schools specialized in the field of health studies without the requirements referred to in art. 5, al. 1, let. a. [RO 2000 948, 2003 187 annex ch. II 3, 2004-2013, 2007 5779 ch. II 5, 2008 307 3437 ch. II 18, 2011 5871, 2012 3655 I 10. [RO 2014 4103 Annex no I 1] [RO 1996 2588, 2002 953, 2005 4635, 2006 2197 annex ch. 37, 2012 3655 ch. I 11. [RO 2014 4103 annex c. I 2] RS 811.11 art. 25 entry into force these guidelines come into force on July 1, 2015.

May 28, 2015 on behalf of the Board of higher education president: Johann N. Schneider-Ammann annex 1 (art. 22, para. 1) Quality Standards applying to institutional accreditation area 1 quality assurance strategy


1.1 high school or other institution in the field of higher education sets its strategy for quality assurance. This strategy contains the essential elements of a system of internal quality which aims to ensure the quality of the activities of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education and their development long term so as to promote the development of a culture of the qualite.1.2 quality assurance system is integrated to the strategy of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education which he argues effectively the development. It includes arrangements for control of the fulfilment of the mandate of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education taking into account its type and characteristics specifiques.1.3 quality assurance system development and implementation involve at all levels all representative groups high school or other institution in the field of higher education especially the student, intermediate and academic bodies and administrative and technical personnel. Responsibilities for quality assurance are transparent and assigned clairement.1.4 the high school or other institution in the field of higher education periodically analyzes the relevance of its quality assurance system and proceed to the necessary adaptations.

Area 2 governance 2.1 quality assurance system ensures that the Organization and decision-making processes allow the high school or to another institution in the field of high schools to achieve its mission and objectives strategiques.2.2 quality assurance system helps provide, systematic, quantitative and qualitative information relevant and recent high school or other institution in the field of universities relied upon its decisions common and strategiques.2.3 quality assurance system ensures that representative groups high school or other institution in the field of higher education have an appropriate right of participation and have framework conditions allowing operation independant.2.4 the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education takes into account development economically socially and environmentally sustainable in the performance of its tasks. The quality assurance system ensures that it sets goals in this area and puts them in oeuvre.2.5 high school or other institution in the field of higher education promotes in the performance of its duties, to the staff and students, equality of opportunity and equality in practice between men and women. The quality assurance system ensures that it sets goals in this area and implements.

Area 3 teaching, research and services 3.1 the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education activities conform to its type, its specific features and its strategic objectives. They concern mainly education, research and service delivery and practice according to the principle of freedom and independence within the mandate of the high school or other institution in the field of the high ecoles.3.2 quality assurance system provides periodic activities of teaching and research assessment, benefits and services, as well as the results achieved in these domaines.3.3 quality assurance system ensures the respect of the principles and objectives related to the European area of education superieur.3.4 the quality assurance system ensures the respect of admission criteria, evaluation of the benefits students and award of degrees based on the mission of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education. The criteria are fixed, communicated and applied in a systematic, transparent and constant.

Domain 4 resources 4.1 high school or other institution in the field of higher education, with its community, has sufficient guarantees, in terms of staff, infrastructure and financial resources to achieve its strategic objectives and ensure its sustainability. The source, allocation and funding conditions are transparentes.4.2 the quality assurance system ensures the qualification of all the staff of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education according to its type and its specific features and provides for this purpose its assessment periodique.4.3 the quality assurance system ensures that the high school or other institution in the field of higher education supports the development career of all the staff, especially of the young scientists.

Area 5 internal and external Communication 5.1 the high school or other institution in the field of higher education makes public its quality assurance strategy and ensures that the provisions corresponding to the process of quality as well as their results are known to staff, students and, as appropriate, of relevant stakeholders externes.5.2 high school or other institution in the field of higher education publishes regularly an objective information about the activities curriculum and degrees it offers.

State on 1 July 2015 annex 2 (art. 23) Quality Standards applicable to the accreditation of programs training area 1 objectives 1.1 the curriculum has clear objectives, explaining its specificities, and comply with national and internationales.1.2 the curriculum aims training objectives that correspond to the mission and strategic planning of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education.

Area 2 design 2.1 the content of the curriculum and the methods used allow students to achieve the objectives of apprentissage.2.2 the content of the curriculum integrated scientific knowledge and the evolution of the professionnels.2.3 fields students benefits evaluation methods are adapted to the learning objectives. The conditions of admission and of graduation are regulated and published.

Area 3 implementation 3.1 the curriculum is regularly dispense.3.2 resources (management and material resources) allow students to achieve the objectives of apprentissage.3.3 faculty has skills corresponding to the specifics of the program of study and its objectives.

Area 4 4.1 Quality Assurance management curriculum takes into account the opinion of the main interested groups and allows you to make changes necessaires.4.2 the studies program is an integral part of the system of quality assurance of the high school or the other institution in the field of higher education.

State on July 1, 2015

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