IEP experiences

The IEP anniversary publication, entitled “A twenty-year contribution to institutional change: EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme” (2014) brings together a series of papers and articles that have been provided by a panel of authors who have been involved with the Programme over the last two decades.

These contributions trace IEP’s history, how it has evolved, some of its principal achievements, and also look at possible developments in the future. Several authors, meanwhile, look more specifically at the impact of IEP at institutional and also system-level (concrete examples are provided from individual universities and from the system-level reviews including Ireland and Portugal).

For an overview of the programme and its benefits, please consult the Lessons Learned from the Institutional Evaluation Programme (2005), a report by Dr Stefanie Hofmann based on approximately 60 evaluations made in the first ten years of IEP.

Experiences from institutions:

“IEP evaluations, conducted on a periodical basis, have been the most inspiring and fruitful tools to shape a new system and style of governance at our university.“ University of Liège, Belgium

“The process provided a strong basis for the development of new policies, during a period of major changes in the Portuguese higher education legal framework. It proved particularly valuable for the negotiations with the government, that ultimately led to the modification of the legal status of the University of Aveiro.“ University of Aveiro, Portugal

“Not only has the evaluation had a profound effect upon the university but it has also moulded the national quality assurance procedure and the internal quality processes.” University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 “IEP represented a perfect complement for the previous self-evaluation efforts and the accreditation processes that the Universidad Nacional de Colombia has undertaken. The Evaluation Report has been taken as an important tool, to be considered along with other material, for future plans.” Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

“The results of the institutional evaluation performed by IEP confirmed some of our expectations, pointing out aspects we had been already aware of, but, at the same time, they offered new perspectives, showing us new paths for modernisation and change. The recommendations included in the report have consistently contributed to shaping the university’s future. The entire evaluation process took place in a remarkably professional way. We appreciated the effort of the evaluation team to give a thorough and realistic insight into our institution.” Transilvania University of BraČ™ov, Romania

"In this fast-changing environment, the insights of experienced experts were priceless for deciding on our university’s development priorities and its strategy. Therefore, we would like to express our gratitude for the very informative and instructive suggestions provided by the experts of the Institutional Evaluation Programme." Vilnius University, Lithuania

“The Institutional Evaluation Programme was an initiative of crucial importance to the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal. We would like to emphasise especially the self-assessment process that led to a collective reflection and institutional learning, which helped to deepen the knowledge about the reality we have been building and consolidating over the past few years. This self-diagnosis exercise resulted in a renewed effort to continue to improve, effectively, the various processes and activities developed by the Institute, particularly through the identification of improvements, the targets that were not met and respective causes, the emergence of new needs and also the clarification and the establishment of new priorities. Regarding the process of evaluation, we would like to underline the importance of its external view, of the international scope, about our educational context, which has allowed us to verify and consolidate, with greater objectivity, our processes and activities, with particular emphasis given to the teaching-learning process.” Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Portugal