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Yes, because the presentation of fields of study concerns the entire range of study programmes; however, only bachelor and master-level programmes will be evaluated by Hcéres and must be included in the table to be submitted by 22 February 2019.
 

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Institutions are invited to participate in the formation of their evaluation panels, subject to meeting the following requirements for the composition of panels, which must include:

  • Academic experts who have held posts of responsibility in the management teams of higher education and research institutions;
  • An administrative expert with experience of at least one senior management or administrative management post; 
  • An expert from the socio-professional sector with experience of relevant senior leadership/managerial duties and/or scientific and/or cultural posts in a business sector of potential interest for the professional integration of students or the exploitation of the research products of the evaluated institution;
  • An international expert from the academic or socio-professional sector;
  • An expert on Quality (in management, training or research
  • A student;
  • Any expert who has evaluated an institution during a previous group of evaluations cannot participate in the next group. Experts must not have any special-interest ties with the evaluated institutions and cannot ordinarily be attached to an institution situated in the same region as the evaluated institution.
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The expert panel consists of French and international experts. However, to facilitate the experts’ work and in accordance with the legislative requirements, institutions and territorial coordinations are asked to submit their files and documents in French. Nevertheless, certain documents - especially those pertaining to the evaluation of research bodies - may be submitted in English if accompanied by a summary written in French.
 

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  • Schools of architecture are covered by a joint procedure involving the Department of Evaluation of Higher Education and Research Institutions and the Department of Evaluation of Study Programmes at Hcéres. 
  • Under the terms of a partnership between Hcéres and the CTI, engineering schools also benefit from a coordinated procedure defined by both institutions, which is designed to improve the links between evaluations and simplify the documentation file submitted by engineering schools. A single self-evaluation file meeting the requirements set out in each external evaluation standard used by both institutions is required, and the  visit date is also coordinated.
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If the size of an institution does not justify the breakdown of studies into several fields (i.e. small institutions vis-à-vis the Hcéres evaluation, or those with a highly specialised thematic focus), a single Field file setting out the institution’s study policy shall be provided.

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If this study programme is proposed in the accreditation plan, you need to submit a self-evaluation file, explain why the opening of the programme was delayed, review its operations and, if possible, provide data about the programme.
 

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  • Throughout the entire process, the experts are likely to ask the institution to provide documents in addition to those included in the file, via the Hcéres contacts. During the visit, the participants interviewed by the experts may also pass on any relevant documents, which may also be made available to the experts during the evaluation on a dedicated Intranet site created by the institution. On this account, the experts are subject to strict rules of confidentiality and professional secrecy.
  • The institution must ensure that these different documents are systematically transmitted to the project manager of the designated Hcéres team in order to ensure the consistency of the database associated with the evaluation.
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