Thematic Analyses

ENQA conducts and publishes analyses of the agency review reports in order to better understand trends and challenges in external quality assurance and to improve the review methodology.

ESG 2015-2018 ENQA Agency Reports: Thematic Analysis (2020)

This analysis of ENQA’s agency review reports has provided insights into main agency practices, best practices and existing limitations in relation to standards 3.4, 3.6 and 2.1 of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (the “ESG”). In total, 27 agency review reports were considered in the analysis. The sub-themes for analysis have been defined based on the descriptors found in the ESG and the analysis has focused on identifying approaches based on descriptions provided in the external review reports of the 27 agencies. Panels’ commendations and compliance levels have been used to identify and define good practice. Recommendation sections have provided insights into limitations in compliance with the ESG.

Analysis of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) in external review reports: System-wide analysis, resources and independence (2015)

This report is based on the ENQA KP3 seminar held on 2 – 3 June 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, on the theme “European QA agencies’ ways to comply with the ESG in an international perspective, adhering to the European dimension: Shaping the future together”.

Other reports

Other thematic analyses and reports have been published by ENQA over the years in relation to workshops, projects or other key topics in the field. Links to the reports can be found below.