Quality Assurance in Lithuanian Higher Education. Comparative Analysis of Non-University and University Study Evaluation

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Author(s)Eugenijus Stumbrys, Almantas Šerpatauskas
Quality Assurance of Lithuanian Higher education was started when the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education has been established in 1995. There are three types of assessment in Higher Education in Lithuania: assessment of study programmes; assessment of research and development; general qualitative assessment of Higher Education Institutions.
The regular evaluation of study programmes was started in 1999. At that time only university type study programmes were assessed by the Centre. The evaluation of non-university study programmes was started at the end of 2001. The reason why non-university study programmes were started to be assessed later is that non-university studies were introduced in Lithuania only in 2000. Until now the Centre assessed quality of 473 study programmes. Among them there were only 22 nonuniversity study programmes assessed. This big difference in assessed programmes comes from the fact that non-university study programmes were started to be evaluated a few years later. The other reason is that there are ~300 non-university programmes in the State Registry and almost 1000 university level programmes. The purpose of the study programme assessment is accreditation – estimation how the programmes meets legal requirements and main accreditation criteria. The Centre also performs an institutional assessment of Colleges. It started at the end of 2004. At the moment only institutional assessment of Colleges is performed. The institutional assessment of University type institutions is not started yet.
Assessment of study programmes starts with the annual plan indicating which study programmes will be assessed. Each year the Centre evaluates study programmes of 5-8 study areas (approx. 150 study programmes in total). Colleges and universities presents the self assessment reports to the Centre which composes an expert team (of local or international experts) to assess the programmes. Expert team analyses a self-assessment report of the HEI. One of the most important stages in assessment procedures is experts’ site visit to the Higher Education institution. After site visit experts submit the draft report of external assessment to an assessed institution of research and higher education which within 10 days may indicate in written form the experts' mistakes found and make an argued suggestion to change certain conclusions and recommendations of the assessment. On receiving these remarks from the assessed institution of research and higher education, the experts prepare the final external assessment report and submit it to the Centre. The final assessment report is then submitted to the Experts‘ Council which evaluates the assessment report and gives recommendations on accreditation.
The final decision on accreditation is taken by the Minister of Science and Education.
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