SQAA is a public body established by the Republic of Slovenia to assure quality in higher education and to carry out development and consulting activities in the field. The agency took over the tasks of the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia and started operations on 5 March 2010. In carrying out its work, SQAA is independent and autonomous; it operates according to the principles of professionalism, impartiality, legality, and political neutrality. SQAA is developing its principles and procedures for quality assessment in accordance with all stakeholders and adopting assessment decisions.
SQAA is a monitoring institution in the Slovenian higher education area. It performs accreditations and external evaluations, which are part of the external system of quality assurance in higher education and higher vocational education. This is a fundamental activity of SQAA – on which quality assessment of a higher education institution as a whole, an individual study programme, or a higher vocational college – is based. SQAA establishes whether an institution or a college complies with the standards defined by the law, the agency’s criteria, and European standards. The external quality assurance system is based on self-evaluation, which is part of the internal quality assurance system in a higher education institution or a higher vocational college.
SQAA’s most recent external review report can be found here.
SQAA is registered on EQAR.