The University of Oviedo renews the certification of four Degrees adapted to the EHEA
July 15, 2014
The Degrees in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics; Spanish as a Foreign Language, and History and Sociocultural Analysis, of the International Center for Postgraduate Studies, participated in a pilot evaluation program of the ANECA
The University of Oviedo has renewed the certification of three Master's Degrees of the International Center for Postgraduate Studies adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The Degrees in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (Health Sciences); Spanish as a Foreign Language, and History and Sociocultural Analysis (both from Arts and Humanities) are the first postgraduate Degrees of the Asturian academic institution that pass this evaluation by the National Agency for Evaluation of Quality and Certification (ANECA).
The renewal of the certification of the Degrees adapted to the EHEA is a compulsory process that has to be conducted every six years by the official Undergraduate and PhD Programs, and every four years by Master's Degrees. The aim is to assess, through a third-party evaluator, the results obtained in the application of what had originally been designed in the verification report and its modifications; to see how many of those objectives have been met and how any deviations from the original plan have been implemented.
In the case of the University of Oviedo, the results of the pilot program may be considered to be very positive, since the three Master's Degrees of the International Center for Postgraduate Studies have renewed their certification for a period of 4 years. The Master's Degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics has been the only program, out of the 42 evaluated by the ANECA, that has not received any recommended change when renewing its certification. In turn, both Master's Degrees from the field of Arts and Humanities were the only ones that represented this field of knowledge, and therefore, the first two Degrees of this nature to be officially renewed.
During the first semester of 2014, the National Agency for Evaluation of Quality and Certification (ANECA) has developed a pilot program in order to allow the groups related to the renewal of the certification (universities, evaluators and the ANECA itself) to get used to the process of the renewal of the certification. The evaluation process began with the creation of a self-report by the Academic Committee of each Master's Degree and the gathering of the information required by the ANECA. Afterwards, in February 16-18 (Master's Degrees of Humanities) and March 12-14 (Master's Degrees in Health Sciences), two panel of experts from the ANECA (one for each field of knowledge) visited the Master's Degrees, each of which was composed by two university teachers, a student from the field of the Degree and a technician from the ANECA. During the visit, the experts interviwed the directive teams, teachers, students, alumni, support staff, employers, etc. of the Degrees, revised the documentation and markers, and finally visited the premises where the teaching activities take place. The recently-created Certification Committee of the ANECA, after the corresponding period for allegations, published the final reports.
Since the pilot program finished, the ANECA has already started applying the ACREDITA program to all the Undergraduate and Master's Degrees established at the University of Oviedo between 2008 and 2011. In January 2015, almost 50 Degrees of the Asturian academic institution will have to start with their respective self-assessment reports.
Master's Degrees that have renewed their certification:
- Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (Health Sciences). Coordinator: Juan Cobo Plana.
- Spanish as a Foreign Language (Arts and Humanities). Coordinator: Isabel Iglesias Casal.
- History and Sociocultural Analysis (Arts and Humanities). Coordinator: Jorge Uría y Víctor Rodríguez.