The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) is an independent expert body assisting universities, universities of applied sciences, and the Ministry of Education and Culture in matters relating to evaluation, and thus contributes to improving the quality of higher education. The twelve-member Evaluation Council operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The members are elected to terms and represent universities, universities of applied sciences, students and working life. Council decisions are prepared and executed by the Secretariat, which is headed by the Secretary General. The strategy and general guidelines for the Council’s operations are specified at the beginning of each term. The action plan is revised annually and an annual working plan is also drafted. The activities of FINHEEC are governed by the Decree on FINHEEC.