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Renewal of accreditation

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In accordance with Download of type document PDFOpen a new window Royal Decree 1393/2007 , of 29 October, establishing the organisation of official university courses, official degrees listed in the University Register of Centres and Degrees (RUCT) must renew their accreditation periodically in order to retain their listing on the register and maintain their official status.

The general procedure for renewal of accreditation of a degree commences when the university issues an application to the regional authorities, who will then request a mandatory and binding report from its external assessment body, in this case ACSUCYL. The report seeks to ascertain whether the curriculum is being implemented in accordance with its initial project, by conducting an assessment that includes a visit by external experts to the university, with the report then being sent to the University Council, who will decide on the degree’s renewal of accreditation.

The assessment protocol required for renewal of accreditation has been established by the Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowUniversity Committee for Regulating Follow-up and Accreditation (CURSA) (208 kbytes) , a working group set up by the General Conference for University Policy in order to agree on the guidelines and protocols for follow-up and renewal of accreditation of university degrees in Spain. The assessment criteria and guidelines have been drawn up by the Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowRed Española de Agencias de Calidad Universitaria (REACU) (534 kbytes) , in accordance with the Download of type document PDFOpen a new window European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Higher Education, (ESG) :

Process and criteria

Assessment body

ACSUCYL conducts assessment of degrees through the Degree Assessment Commission , which is responsible amongst other tasks for: 

  • Planning and coordinating the assessment process.
  • Designing, approving and publishing the assessment criteria and methods.
  • Adopting joint final assessment decisions.

In order to perform its tasks, the committee draws on the advice of experts, set up in Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowComités de Evaluación (173 kbytes) , organised in five fields or areas of knowledge (Sciences, Health Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences, Humanities, Engineering and Architecture).

The work undertaken by the members of the assessment committee and the experts in the committees is subject to the Agency's Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowCode of Ethics (94 kbytes) .

Results

The assessment reports for renewal of accreditation official degrees for universities in Castilla y León listed in the University Register of Centres and Degrees (RUCT) are published in Acsucyl´s search engine for official degrees