The practice of self-evaluation
The preparation phase consists in implementing the self-evaluation process, which is a precondition for the evaluation by the experts and is based on an analysis of outcomes and prospects (see “Evaluation requirements”).
For study programmes, this process requires the institution to organise its programmes (bachelor’s degrees, vocational bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees) into coherent categories called “fields” which will play an important role in promoting the institution’s offerings.
The evaluation standards and editorial guidelines for documentation assist the institution with its self-evaluation and enable it to develop its own Quality standard.
Producing evaluation files
Different files are required for the evaluation of study programmes and doctoral schools:
- Files for fields of study: a specific file must be submitted to Hcéres for each field of study submitted by the institution. The institution organises its range of study programmes into fields (or areas) of study, as it sees fit.
- Accreditation file: this file mainly consists of a presentation of the contextual aspects underlying the new range of study programmes, and a presentation of the programmes proposed for accreditation (a presentation sheet is required for each study programme).
- Files for doctoral schools: the evaluation concerns doctoral school development plans for the next five-year contract. These may be plans for identical renewal, renewal with changes, mergers or the reorganisation of several doctoral schools, or indeed the creation of new schools from scratch. Evaluations of doctoral schools are based on the self-evaluations of doctoral schools during the previous period and the evaluation of plans to create new doctoral schools. The external evaluations are based on a single evaluation/project file (known as the “doctoral school file”), which is submitted to Hcéres.