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IEP: marking a twenty-year contribution to institutional change

19 September 2014

EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, a milestone that has been marked by the launch of a new publication and an event in Brussels on 18 September.

Created in 1994, IEP is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA) which has carried out over 300 institutional evaluations in higher education institutions (HEI), in Europe and worldwide, and a number of system-level evaluations in countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Romania. The mission of IEP is to support HEIs and systems in developing their capacity for change through the process of institutional evaluation.

The new publication, entitled “A twenty-year contribution to institutional change: EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme” 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).

The 60-page publication was launched at a special event held on Thursday 18 September at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union in Brussels, which brought together a wide range of European higher education/quality assurance stakeholders.

In addition to looking back at the history of IEP and “lessons learned”, the event also included a panel discussion on how IEP can continue to contribute to the changing European HE landscape and possible ways the Programme can evolve in the future.

The IEP publication can be downloaded here.

More information about the event is available on this website.

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