Federico Morán Abad
ENQA MEMBERSHIP: 2015
Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d is a not-for-profit organization established under the initiative of the regional government of Madrid.
Towards the end of 2013, Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d absorbed the Agency for Quality, Accreditation and Prospective of the Universities of Madrid, ACAP, which was, up to then, the designated assessment body for the Madrid higher education system.
It is funded by the government of Madrid, and its Board of Trustees is composed by representatives of the Regional Government, the Universities of Madrid, representatives of the Madrid Confederation of Employers and Industries (CEIM), representatives of the IMDEA institutes and the Spanish National Research Council, a representative of the Students Council of Madrid, a representative of a trade union, and other experts.
AGENCY QA ACTIVITIES
As stated in its Articles of Association, FCM aims to improve higher education through evaluation and other reports leading to the accreditation and certification of quality in the university arena, as well as performance measurements of the public higher education service pursuant to objective procedures and transparent processes, considering the Spanish, European, and international framework.
FCM is the designated assessment body of the region of Madrid (DECRETO 63/2014, Madrid region government), and according to this designation, it performs QA evaluations of official degrees, faculties, and institutional programmes.
FCM also performs other activities related to the promotion and enhancement of regional R&D activities.
FCM performs evaluation of official degrees, faculties, and institutional programmes of the universities of Madrid.
For each activity, FCM defines a specific evaluation process. The general operation scheme includes the following elements:
- Self Evaluation Report (SER), drafted by the applicant.
- Evaluation of the SER and related documents by a panel of experts.
- A site visit by the panel of experts.
- Drafting of a provisional report by the Evaluation and Accreditation Committee.
- Approval of the final report by the Evaluation and Accreditation Committee, with conclusions and details about follow-up processes.
All the information about each process is available here.
REFERENCE LIST OF INDICATORS
FCM has implemented an Internal Quality System according to ISO 9001:2008 certified by EQA. This IQS establishes and tracks the key indicators of each process in order to guarantee their correct operation.
Information on the IQS and procedures is available here.
AGENCY'S POOL OF EXPERTS
Candidates access to the pool of experts is here.
The compositions of the designated panels and committees can be viewed here.
The Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d aims to provide Madrid universities the opportunity to undergo accreditation of excellence and international recognition through foreign accreditors.
The universities of Madrid will be able to obtain international accreditations of beyond the minimum currently offered at national level, with the Foundation acting as the intermediary agent between both and achieving active participation in these evaluation processes, whether in adapting to accreditation criteria or in active participation in the evaluation processes.
Currently FCM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and active collaboration with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Quality assurance, evaluation, accreditation, improvement, assessment.
Membership granted 6 March 2015.