Evaluation of study programmes

Evaluation campaign 2019-2020 (group A)

What there is to know

The external evaluation of study programmes in Group A differentiates between:

  • study programmes leading to national bachelor’s, vocational bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including university undergraduate and postgraduate health programmes in medicine, pharmacy, odontology and midwifery leading to the awarding of bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Master’s degrees for members of the teaching, education and training professions (Métiers de l'enseignement, de l'éducation et de la formation - MEEF) at Teaching, Education and Training Colleges (Ecoles supérieures du professorat, de l’éducation et de la formation (ÉSPÉ).
  • other study programmes leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees (art schools).

The institutions concerned shall provide a list of their accredited study programmes divided into “fields of study” by 22 February 2019 and return it to Email.

Important note: The study programmes offered by certain schools (especially schools of architecture and/or landscape design) are not listed here because they are subject to a coordinated evaluation process involving an evaluation of the school and an evaluation of its study programmes. The documentation associated with this evaluation can be found in the “Evaluation of Institutions” section.


Evaluation process of study programmes

Presentation made for the 2019-2020 evaluation campaign (group A) by Jean-Marc Geib, Head of the Department of Programme Evaluation


    Stage 1 :

    Transmission of provisional lists of fields and programmes of study to be evaluated
    Who : Establishments
  • Stage 2 :

    Preparation of the campaign
    Who : Hcéres
  • Stage 3 :

    Submission of files on fields and programmes of study
    Who : Establishments
  • Stage 4 :

    Formation of panels of experts
    Who : Hcéres
  • Evaluation of review & reporting back

    Stage 5 :

    Training of experts and allocation of analytical activities
    Who : Hcéres
  • Stage 6 :

    Drafting and collegial validation of evaluation reports
    Who : Experts
  • Stage 7 :

    Transmission of evaluation reports to institutions
    Who : Hcéres
  • Stage 8 :

    In situ visit
    Who : Experts
  • Stage 9 :

    Finalisation and publication of evaluation reports accompanied by observations
    Who : Hcéres
  • Evaluation of plans & reporting back

    Stage 10 :

    Submission of the accreditation plan
    Who : Establishments
  • Stage 11 :

    Drafting and collegial validation of the report on the plan
    Who : Experts
  • Stage 12 :

    Transmission of the report on the plan to the institution
    Who : Hcéres
  • Stage 13 :

    Publication of the report on the plan accompanied by comments
    Who : Hcéres

    Stage 14 :

    Production of summary reports for each site
  • Stage 15 :

    Transmission of summary reports to institutions and the Department of Evaluation of Territorial Coordinations for preparation of the integrated evaluation
    Who : Hcéres
  • Feedback

    Stage 16 :

    Organisation of transmission of feedback to the evaluated entities and panels of experts
    Who : Hcéres

The Group A evaluation process, from its launch to the transmission of reports, shall cover the period from 25 September 2018 to September 2020.

November-December 2018

Kick-off meetings for the in situ evaluation campaign

22 February 2019

  • Transmission of lists of fields and programmes of study to Hcéres 
  • Transmission to Hcéres of one generic email address per institution which will be used as the login name for the submission of self-evaluation files to the Pélican platform, as well as the consultation of the evaluation reports and the submission of comments about it on the Hcéres electronic document management (EDM) system

April – May 2019

Launch of the PELICAN platform and training for users on its use

20 September 2019

Deadline for submission of self-evaluation files for fields and programmes of study. The submission for the accreditation of study provision will take place at a later date according to the progress made in the evaluations.

What to check/drop

The scope of the external evaluation of study programmes mainly concerns academic disciplines in which national bachelor’s, vocational bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded, in addition to certain programmes leading to graduates being awarded bachelor's or master’s degrees. 
This particularly concerns general and advanced programmes in medical science, odontology, pharmaceutical sciences and midwifery, State diplomas in midwifery and audioprosthetics, and certificates of competency (certificats de capacité) for speech therapists and orthoptists. 
The evaluation is carried out in two phases:

  1. a phase in which the study provision is evaluated, divided into “fields of study” and based on the self-evaluation carried out by the institution
  2. a phase in which the institution’s accreditation plan is evaluated.

This evaluation concerns the four MEEF Master’s degrees offered by Teaching, Education and Training Colleges (ÉSPÉ). A self-evaluation file is required for each of these master’s degree programmes (if they are offered), in addition to one document per ÉSPÉ on the management of these master’s degree programmes. These documents concern all ÉSPÉ stakeholders and are submitted by the institution to which the ÉSPÉ belongs.

This evaluation concerns study programmes leading to the awarding of bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees by institutions supervised by the French Ministry of Culture. This does not concern schools of architecture, which are subject to a different evaluation process.

Self-evaluation files are submitted via the PELICAN joint exchange platform (https://www.collecte.evaluation-contractualisation.fr) established by Hcéres and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. The information entered and transmitted by institutions and organisations is used by Hcéres and experts to perform the evaluations.

The application period will begin in April-May 2019 to enable institutions to start submitting their files prior to the deadline for submissions. Access to the application procedure is secure and requires a username and password. These will be issued by Hcéres after receipt of the generic email address that will be used as the username, which must be transmitted by each institution to Email, by 22 February 2019. 

Hcéres will also use this address to send institutions information about the half-day presentations on the PELICAN platform, the start of the application period, and the transmission of the institutions’ evaluation reports.

Evaluation files are submitted in 2 stages:

  1. Checking and addition of information to the pre-entered data on the forms. The online forms are used to provide a description of each evaluated entity (managers, contact details, parent institutions and bodies, disciplines, etc.). Certain data are pre-entered according to the lists of entities to be evaluated that are sent to Hcéres, and/or standards known to the Ministry (RNSR, etc.). For the best results, institutions are strongly advised to complete these forms as soon as the PELICAN platform is launched. This will save time when it comes to the final submission of the documentation included in the self-evaluation files.  
  2. Submission of different files followed by confirmation of the submission. 

Until the submission of the files has been confirmed, changes can still be made to the files and the evaluation cannot begin. Users requiring any additional information about the PELICAN platform can consult the online user guides which require no prior authentication, and the guides to the submission of files for each type of evaluation (territorial coordinations, institutions, research, study programmes and doctoral schools). The files must not exceed 50 MB in total, which means that the number of logos, images and copies of Web pages must be minimised.

If you encounter problems

  • concerning the content of the files to be submitted: consult the list of contacts for each type of evaluation;
  • of a technical nature (e.g. login issues, problems locating your file): please email Email.

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