The Real Decreto 420/2015, de 29 de mayo, de creación, reconocimiento, autorización y acreditación de universidades y centros universitarios (277 kbytes) governing the creation, recognition, authorisation and accreditation of universities and university centres, establishes the institutional accreditation of university centres, based on which the special procedure for renewal of accreditation of official degrees is included in Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October establishing the organisation of official university courses, as an alternative to the general procedure for degrees corresponding to centres that have obtained institutional accreditation.
The procedure for institutional accreditation, regulated by Resolution of 7 March 2018 of the General Secretary for universities, and through which instructions are given on the procedure for institutional accreditation of public and private university centres, involves an application to the university quality assurance agency in the autonomous region in which the university is located, said agency being listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, (EQAR) , as is ACSUCYL. After the assessment process has been carried out, ACSUCYL will publish a binding report for the University Council, who shall then issue a decision on the matter.
As requirements to obtain institutional accreditation, university centres must on the one hand have renewed initial accreditation of at least half of the official bachelor's and master's degrees they teach, in accordance with the general procedure, and on the other have obtained certification of the implementation of their internal quality assurance system (IQAS), awarded by a university quality assurance agency after having successfully undergone an assessment process conducted in accordance with the protocol for certification of the IQAS established by the General Conference for University Policy.
In an effort to avoid duplicating assessment processes, ACSUCYL has aligned the assessment criteria for the certification of IQAS implementation and institutional accreditation, coordinating the two processes in the ELENCHOS programme (Greek term equivalent to the Latin “audit”).
ACSUCYL conducts assessment of the files through the Institutional Quality Assessment Committee ,which is responsible amongst other tasks for:
In order to perform its tasks, the committee seeks the advice of experts who form Paneles Evaluadores (50 kbytes) who act jointly.
The work undertaken by the members of the committee and the experts in the panels is subject to the Agency's Código Ético (556 kbytes) .