The ENQA Members’ Forum 2012, focused on the Impact of QA and Independence of Agencies, was organised in cooperation with the Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education (AERES), and was held on 23-24 April, 2012 in Paris, France.
The Members’ Forum 2012 provided a platform for discussion on the following two topical issues:
- IMPACT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE
Many countries have or are planning to evaluate the impact of their external quality assurance system; the interest among member agencies to discuss this topic is great. The 2012 Members’ Forum will continue the discussion initiated at the two previous General Assemblies.
ENQA wished to explore the question whether external QA really enhances the quality of HEIs and their services and launched the Working Group on Impact of Quality Assurance. The Call for Members’ expressions of interest in joining this group was open until March 15th.
Another issue of great interest to QA agencies is independence, as it is a prerequisite for credibility and mutual trust and is one of the main features of the European dimension of QA. ENQA wished to explore which the main threats to independence are and how to ensure harmony between agencies, government and HEIs.
In addition, two keynotes were presented on:
- the Bologna Process after Bucharest in view of the upcoming ministerial conference to be held on 27-28 April 2012 and
- the current and future priorities of the European Commission on QA in HE.
The event programme can be found here.