Mr. Miguel-Ángel Galindo
FOUNDING DATE: 2002
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2003
ANECA is a public body funded by the Ministry of Education in charge of the evaluation and accreditation of higher education at the national level in Spain. ANECA acts independently from government through an Executive Director, and governed by a Council of representatives of stakeholders of the Spanish higher education system.
The Agency receives funds from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, as established in the State Budget. This income represents most of the Agency’s budget. The rest of the funds comes from its participation in international projects and the organisation of evaluations at the request of regional governments or higher education institutions.
The budget is allocated by ANECA according to its Annual Plan related also to the Strategic Plan 2012-2016. The Annual Plans shows the fulfillment of the Agency’s mandates by the law and identifies the Unit in charge of its development.
ANECA is subject to the audit process defined for the Spanish national Public Administration, as well as provides information to stakeholders and society about the activities undertaking in the Annual Report.
AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES
ANECA’s mission statement is to contribute to improving the quality of the higher education system through the evaluation, certification and accreditation of university programmes, academic staff and institutional-level approach evaluations, as well as to report to the National Ministry and to the Universities Council on the development of its assessment processes. It has also been commissioned with providing information about the quality of the University System and with performing an important role in the relation to Spanish Stakeholders Council.
ANECA’s actions cover the whole country.
The activities performed by the Agency are related to the evaluation of programme degrees, academic staff and institutional-level approach evaluation. These activities are carried out through different ANECA evaluation Programmes.
The independence of the Agency is acknowledged in the Law that created it and is also reflected in ANECA’s new regulations:
...ANECA has its own differentiate legal public status, physical resources and funds and complete legal capacity to act and it shall exert its competences with complete functional independence
...ANECA shall develop its activity according to the principles of legality and legal security, technical and scientific competence, objectivity, independence and transparency and bearing in mind the criteria for its actions in force for these kind of bodies within the European Higher Education Area...
Independent, non-profit body.
The Strategic Plan was conceived as an instrument for reflection and action that defined the strategic lines of action for ANECA until 2016. The preparation of this Strategic Plan involved an in-depth analysis of both ANECA and its context in order for strategic objectives regarding the optimum use of resources to be defined.
The measures carried out every year are defined in the corresponding action plan and are established so as to comply with the specific objectives given in the Strategic Plan 2016.
REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS
A set of indicators has been defined in order to verify the compliance of the strategic objectives included in the Strategic Plan.
Every six months a measurement of these indicators is accomplished to check the performance of the objectives.
The Annual Report of ANECA includes the result of this measurement, as well as its definition, objectives and the methodology.
AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS
The list of experts related to each procedure run byte agency is published on the website of ANECA and updated periodically.
ANECA carries out two kind of international activities:
- Projects and activities derived from the development of agreements and MoUs with QA bodies and networks
- Taking part as partner in competitive projects funded by international bodies
Most of the bilateral or networking projects dealing with QA/accreditation issues are accomplished jointly with a fellow QA body or national authority. They can focus on capacity building activities outside Europe or QA problem-solving matters in both Europe and overseas.
ANECA does not conduct either accreditation procedures or consultancy activities. outside Spain.
As a public body any income derived from the international activities should be related to staff-hours invested and expenses related to trips for meetings but in any case linked to profit-revenues.
Besides its active participation in projects within the European Higher Education Area, the regions where ANECA is particularly active internationally are as follows:
Accreditation, Internal Quality assurance, Recognition, Evaluation of teaching activity, Evaluation of research activity, International networking, Qualifications framework, Stakeholder involvement, Student orientation to quality of higher education
Membership reconfirmed 19 December 2012.