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Workshop on Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Music 23 February 2009 Conservatorio Di Musica Nicolo' Paganini, Genova

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  • Workshop on Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Music

    23 February 2009 Conservatorio Di Musica Nicolo' Paganini, Genova

  • Welcome

    by Martin Prchal, AEC Chief Executive and Patrizia Conti, Director of the Conservatorio Di Musica Nicolo' Paganini

  • Presentation of the AEC Framework Document and of its use in formal and informal contextsLinda MessasPolifonia project manager

  • Structure of the sessionThe AEC and PolifoniaSome definitionsPresentation of the framework developed by the AECUse of the framework in 2 different contexts

  • 1. The AECEuropean association for professional music training institutionsMore than 250 members all over the worldAims:to promote European cooperation between its members to represents the interests of the sectorAEC Council

  • AEC ActivitiesEvents AdvocacyCollection, analysis and distribution of relevant informationEuropean projects

  • The Polifonia project66 partner organisations30 European countriesCoordinated jointly by the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the AECProject period 1 October 2007 1 October 20106 Working Groups with 47 experts from 18 European countries

  • 2. Some definitions (a)Quality assurance: The collective term for the systems by which courses, qualifications and the institutions which run them are monitored to ensure reliability, consistency and the maintaining of fair, rigorous practices and high standards

    Quality assurance system: The organisational structure which sets out theresponsibilities, processes, procedures and establishes themeans to carry out the quality assurance

  • Some definitions (b)Internal quality assurance:Thesystemswhichareset up andoperatedby the institutionitself (e.g. annual monitoring, the use of external examiners, periodic major review of courses, etc)

    External quality assurance: a system which isoperatedby others (such as government, accreditationagencies)

  • 3. The AEC framework

    The AEC Institutional and Programme Review Scheme (IPRS)

  • A new service for AEC members

    Review of the institution or one or several programme(s) by a team of critical friends

    Report with recommendations for improvements

    Aim: Assist AEC member institutions in their quality enhancement activities

  • Short history of the IPRSAEC Accreditation project 2006-2007

    A European and subject-specific approach to QA/accreditation in music: Specificities higher music education Existing expertise in the institutions Criteria developed by the sector itself International nature of music

  • Important outcomes of the Accreditation Project AEC Framework Document Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Music Education: Characteristics, Criteria and Procedures

    Register of experts

    Handbook How to prepare for an institutional or programme review in Higher Music Education?

    Dissemination conference, 29-30 June 2007, Brno

    AEC Position paper

    Framework of the AEC IPRS

  • AEC Framework DocumentBuilt up in several chapters:Characteristics in Higher Music Education an introduction Characteristics for QA in musicProgramme outcomes: Polifonia/Dublin Descriptors and AEC Learning Outcomes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd study cycles in music (Polifonia project)Criteria for programme and institutional review in musicProcedures for programme and institutional review in musicAnnexes: AEC Learning Outcomes + Glossary of Terms

  • AEC Position paperAEC position in relation to QA/accreditation

    Assisting institutions in the enhancement of their quality Taking into account the specific nature and characteristics music

    2) Recommendations

    National and regional governments, European institutionsQA/accreditation agencies in European countriesHigher music education institutionsAll stakeholders

  • Functioning of the IPRS1. Interested institution contacts the AEC2. Framework document + handbook sent to the institution3. Date and timeframe agreed upon4. Evaluation committee composed (AEC)5. Self-evaluation report + documentation produced (institution)6. Schedule of the visit organised7. Visit8. AEC Report produced

  • Practical aspectsLength of the visit: 2-3 daysBudget:Travel of the experts: covered by the Erasmus Network for Music "PolifoniaLocal accommodation and meals covered by the visited institutions

  • 4. Different contextsInformal: the AEC Institutional and Programme Review Scheme

    Formal: National quality assurance and accreditation procedures in music

  • Informal contextRealised reviewsOviedoGroningen

    HighlightsHardwork, but useful for other purposesVery positive feedbackInformal character

  • Formal contextOngoing cooperation with: The OQA in SwitzerlandBasel, Genve, Lausanne, Lugano and LuzernACQUIN in GermanyTrossingen

  • Contacts/ WebsitesContactsE-mail: [email protected]

  • Introduction to the work of the Accreditation working group

    by members of the group

  • Monitoring the AEC Institutional and Programme Review SchemeTarget of 9 peer-review visitsGather feedback Reviewed institutionsReviewersAEC forumsUpdate the AEC Framework Document


  • Reflections on national quality assurance and accreditation systems

    by members of the group

  • Coffee break

  • Introduction Round and Discussion with the audience

  • THANK YOU! [email protected]

    *founded in 1953*Events: Annual congress Annual meeting for International Relations Coordinators Specific seminars

    *Refer to Newsletter in Italian*What is it?How was it developed?How does it work?


    AEC positionImportance to assist autonomous higher education institutions in the enhancement of their quality Need to take into account the specific nature and characteristics of HME.

    RecommendationsNational and regional governments, European institutions: take note of and acknowledge these outcomesQA/accreditation agencies in European countries: incorporate these outcomes Higher music education institutions: use these results All stakeholders: consult the AEC

    *Budget:Travel of the experts: covered by the Erasmus Network for Music "Polifonia" (eligible institutions are those situated in EU countries and Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Turkey) Local accommodation and meals covered by the visited institutions (except in exceptional cases) *AEC framework used as a point of reference, providing a European and subject-specific dimension to the national procedures

    *Informal character: advice from critical friends*Comparison of criteria***9 reviews most recently Oviedo and Prince ClausTo give a little background on the monitoring process, the overall target is 9 peer-reviews. There have recently been two reviews about which you will hear very shortly from my colleagues.Firm PlansThere are firm plans for future visits but we would like to encourage further applications and hope that this may be of interest to some institutions represented here.Review gather evidence to support conclusions and recommend.The review scheme is about gathering information and evidence from a range of sources and using this to draw conclusions as the basis for recommendations for action.Same with monitoring processIn the same way, our monitoring process will aim to be evidence based and will gather feedback from reviewed institutions and reviewers among other sources.HandbooksIt is fairly clear at this early stage that the handbooks need to be more succinct and clear and this will be one of the forthcoming changes to documentation.