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1 Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA) Guidelines for Experts (Institution) The following points serve as guidelines for experts assessing institutions and for preparing the expert report. Together with the administrative decision on the appointment of the experts these guidelines describe the tasks and duties of the expert. The points included are related to the legal accreditation requirements and the basic criteria of the KAA, the fulfilment of which has to be demonstrated by the KAA. The frame of reference has to be orientated towards international standards. The criteria mentioned apply to the initial accreditation procedure as well as to subsequent reaccreditations and have to be assessed from the relevant academic field. The relative importance of each of these points depends on the special requirements of each individual institution and should be determined by the member of the Accreditation office together with the experts. The expert report has to be written on the basis of the following materials: Application document submitted by the applicant institution; Findings collected during the site-visit; Further materials on request. 1/5

2 1. Mission Statement Assessment of the aims and objectives of research and teaching (mission statement); Assessment of the potential for innovation; Is the mission statement appropriate as regards the resources available and is it communicated in an adequate way? 2. Academic Freedom How does the institution guarantee that through its statute and its organizational structures it provides freedom in research and teaching? 3. Academic Programmes and Student Management Do the academic programmes correspond to the institution's mission statement and the principles of employability? Are the quality, range and academic aims of the curriculum appropriate To the academic degree awarded? Are the programmes based on an overarching didactic concept that has been adequately communicated to and accepted by the teaching staff? Do the academic degrees correspond to international standards? Does the structure of the programmes give sufficient opportunity for independent study, reflection and analysis? (e.g., what is the proportion of independent study time compared to online/distance teaching or classroom units?) Is the allocation of ECTS appropriate and comprehensible? Is the workload required for the academic programme manageable for students? 2/5

3 Are the teaching methods and the content of teaching units sufficient for the successful achievement of the overall programme's goals and outcomes (competences and qualifications, knowledge and skills)? Are the examination regulations appropriate? Is the overlap of the academic content between the various curricula comprehensible and transparent? How do the admission criteria and admission processes measure up to international standards? Is the ratio of academic/artistic staff to students appropriate? 4. Research What are the institution s research expectations, and how do these relate to the number and quality of its permanent staff? Are teaching staff involved in research activities inside or outside the institution, and do these research activities feed back into teaching/course content? Are students involved in research and in co-operation projects? 5. International Co-operation Is the extent and the quality of international cooperation in research and teaching adequate? Are the strategies of internationalization and the involvement of staff and students in training co-operations and mobility programmes adequate? 3/5

4 6. Staff Does the institution have an adequate proportion of permanent staff and appropriate proportions of permanent and external staff? Do the academic staff demonstrate proven ability at a high academic and didactic level and are their qualifications appropriate to the positions they hold within the institution according to the basic criteria? Is there an equal proportion of women amongst the academic/ artistic staff? Does the institution have transparent, competitive and quality driven regulations for the selection and employment of staff? Does the institution have development strategies to ensure that its Academic staff maintain a continually high standard? 7. Organization, Management and Planning Does the institution have transparent decision-making structures for governance, management and administration matters? Does the institution have transparent decision-making structures for academic matters? If the applicant institution is part of a foreign educational institution or if it intends to establish additional branch campuses o Does it have an appropriate share of responsibility and decision-making competence as compared to its parent institution and its branch campus? o Does it have organizational structures which guarantee that the quality of the academic programmes (offered by the parent institution) corresponds to that of the branch campus (es)? Is there a development strategy and how is it internally communicated? How well does the development strategy correspond to the institution's overall aims and funding plans? 4/5

5 8. Finances and Infrastructure/Space and Equipment Does the institution have an adequate budget and sufficient financial resources? Does the institution have adequate buildings and specialized infrastructure as regards the requirements of the academic programme on offer and the research to be conducted (libraries, computers, laboratories)? 9. Quality Management Does the institution have a quality assurance system for teaching, research and services? What methods of communication, implementation and documentation are used by the quality management system? Does the institution carry out regular self-evaluations? Are the results of evaluation put to use and included in the institution s development planning? Are the criteria for the award of academic honors and honorary academic degrees adequate? /5

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