European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA)

The European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA) was founded in 2003 as a project organisation with the primary aim of mutual recognition of accreditation decisions. Since 15th April 2014 ECA is an association. The membership of ECA consists of QA agencies with a focus on accreditation in the EHEA. There are currently 15 member agencies from 11 European countries: Belgium (Flanders), Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. The vision of ECA is to act as an internationally recognised driver of innovation in quality assurance. With its expertise, networking and services ECA contributes to the implementation of the EHEA, promotes internationalisation of higher education and assures “state of the art” activities of its members. Services provided to HE institutions include the ECA internationalisation certificate (based on the CeQuInt project) and single accreditation procedures of joint programmes. Online services as Qrossroads and ECApedia are focused on increasing transparency in QA and accreditation decisions. The creation of a European online platform for sharing experts in QA and organisation of European trainings contributes to the professionalisation of experts in QA. ECA’s activities are managed by the Board whilst the main decisions of the association are taken by the Members. The Board and the Members are supported by the Secretariat which is headed by the Coordinator. Most of the ECA activities are conducted by four Working Groups. In WG 4 “Mutual learning and best practices” ECA members have worked at principles and recommendations for assessing learning outcomes. This work resulted in 2013 in the publication “Learning Outcomes in Quality Assurance and Accreditation. Principles, recommendations and practice.” ECA has adopted a Code of Good Practice with 17 standards that its members adhere to. ECA has cooperation agreements with INQAAHE, APQN, CEENQA, and is affiliate member of ENQA.

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