The Axencia para a Calidade do Sistema Universitario de Galicia (Agency for Quality Assurance in the Galician University System) (ACSUG) was legally established on 2001 as a consortium between the Regional Government of Galicia and the three Galician universities: A Coruña (UDC), Santiago (USC) and Vigo (UVI). The agency is independent and has its own legal personality to achieve its objectives, fully respecting the universities’ autonomy. ACSUG has established a clear difference in its structure and functions between the governing organs, the decision-making bodies and the advisory bodies. The fundamental mission of ACSUG is to contribute to improving the quality of the Galician University System (SUG). To do so, ACSUG takes actions in the area of drafting reports, evaluation, certification and accreditation for the activities conducted by Galician universities, especially related to teaching, research, knowledge transfer and management. ACSUG provides constant support to gather and channel information among the Galician universities, other institutions and social agents, contributing to help the SUG remain up-to-date and in line with ever-changing social needs at all times. Some specific activities carried out by ACSUG are the following: 1) assessment, certification and accreditation of institutions (programmes, services, teaching activity evaluation, Internal Quality Assurance Systems of the centres and other processes); 2) labour market insertion analysis and surveys; and 3) evaluation of teaching staff prior to hiring in the Galician universities and evaluation of the teaching staff for the assignment of complementary compensations.
ACSUG is currently undergoing a targeted review coordinated by ENQA. More information can be found here.