The project QACEP aims to focus on specific issues in the Quality Assurance of Higher Education Institutions’ Continuing Education Programmes. The project starting point is to consider, on one hand, the overall need to include HEIs’ advanced continuing education courses in evaluation process to verify their quality just like for mainstream courses and, on the other hand, the concrete constraints HEIs have to face to respond to this challenge. In fact in implementing quality assurance systems for continuing education courses, HEIs find some difficulties, because - as the field of advanced continuing education is at the intersection between university, professional practice and general vocational continuing education and training – these programmes are characterised by features which in some cases differ substantially from mainstream courses.
Aims and Objectives
The main objectives to be achieved are to develop a general framework for Quality Assurance of Continuing Education Programmes offered by Higher Education Institutions and to elaborate concrete and practical tools for their quality assessment. The envisaged final results are conceived to support HEIs, on the strategic and management levels, as well as on the programme level, to start and increase the QA systems of their continuing education programmes by taking advantage of a general framework, operational indications and guidelines for technical solutions and a set of concrete examples.
The Consortium is composed by eight institutions (five Higher Education Institutions and a Foundation attached to an University with a broad experience in the field of QA and/or in Continuing Education Programmes and two associations representing a large number of other HEIs universities).