EABHES holds 4 Pedagogical Committee meetings per year, in January, April, July and October. The Committee will review the above documents and will issue a report within 10 days from the end date of the meeting. In this report, and when appropriate, EABHES will indicate recommendations to improve the school’s study plans so they better adapt to EHEA standards.
Schools that obtain approval can move to Step 4 - The Audit.
STEP 4: AUDIT
The Audit aims to asses whether a school meets the minimum conditions to obtain EABHES Accreditation for one or more of its programmes. EABHES Standards, together with the relevant indicators and evaluation tools, serve as the criteria to assess a school’s potential and suitability for EABHES Accreditation and its compliance with the Bologna Process (please see section 2.2. Accreditation Standards).
At this step, EABHES evaluates the pedagogical contents in more detail and depth. For this purpose, schools are required to provide EABHES with the programme syllabi and faculty CVs at least two weeks prior to the Audit date. Section 2.4. of this Handbook, Syllabus Creation, serves as a guide for schools to develop their syllabi according to EHEA standards. EABHES online preparation course “Pedagogical Implementation” is also a helpful tool to assist schools in the syllabus creation process. EABHES provides schools with a Syllabus Form to be followed by them at this stage and during the whole accreditation period.
In order to help schools successfully pass the Audit process, this step includes an audit preparation or self-audit. We strongly encourage schools to conduct this self-audit to identify aspects that need to be introduced, changed, reinforced or developed, and tackle any potential impediments for meeting the required standards. During this time, schools can compile the required documents to be reviewed during the Audit. The recommendations made by the Pedagogical Committee shall also be implemented before the Audit takes place.
The Audit will be conducted through an onsite visit, where the EABHES team will analyse and assess, together with school’s representatives, each of the EHEA standards’ indicators, by applying the relevant evaluation tools. In order for schools to obtain EABHES Accreditation, a minimum of 60% of the standards need to be met.
A report will be issued by EABHES within 15 days from the Audit end-date. In this report, EABHES outlines the suitability of the school and the programme for Accreditation and indicates, when appropriate, further recommendations and actions that the school shall implement within a given timeframe in order to maintain accreditation and as part of the continuous self-monitoring and improvement principle of the Accreditation.
The recommendations to be made in the report are categorised as follows:
A. Preliminary action (category A): circumstances that prevent the legal conclusion of the Audit;
B. Mandatory action (category B): specific actions to be implemented and assessed within two years and
that are essential to meet the requirements for Accreditation;
C. Required measures (category C): specific actions to be implemented to fully meet requirements that
were met only partially. These actions will be reviewed within two years;
D. Suggested improvement (category D): recommended actions to improve short/medium term aspects
that were found compliant but require improvement.
For an Audit to conclude positively, the school cannot have any recommendations in the A or B categories, and have no more than three Category C recommendations.