The academic accreditation procedure concerns programmes of study that are established after the passing of the law, while programmes of study offered by the academic units of HEIs at the time of the passing of Law 4009/11 are considered accredited until the completion of the quality assurance procedures of the academic units on the basis of Law 3374/2005, and their subsequent invitation by the HQA to be accredited.
The series of actions foreseen by the current provisions is as follows: the new programmes of study are initially accredited by the Rector of the HEI, on a proposal by the Dean’s Office and the agreement of the Senate (article 32, Law 4009/11). At this stage, we consider the active and meaningful participation of the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) of each institution to be imperative as its role is quality assurance in the internal procedures. The programmes are then submitted to the HQA for the procedure of academic accreditation by expert committees, in accordance with articles 70–72 of Law 4009/11. It should be noted that, with the responsibility of the HEI, the above new programmes of study can be offered before their accreditation by the HQA.This text is a template for the structure and content of the academic unit’s proposal for the academic accreditation of a programme of study. Its organisation corresponds to the basic criteria foreseen by article 72 on “Accreditation Criteria” of Law4009/11, which include:
- the academic nature and orientation of the programme of study,
- the learning outcomes and expected qualifications, in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework
- the structure and organisation of the programme of study,
- the quality and efficacy of the teaching
- the suitability of the qualifications of the teaching staff,
- the quality of the research being done by the academic unit,
- the degree of association between the teaching and the research,
- the labour market demand for the acquired qualifications, and
- the quality of the support services, such as administrative services, libraries and student welfare services.