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Evaluation of study programmes and doctoral schools

The external evaluation of study programmes in Group D applies to:

For doctoral schools, a provisional list of doctoral schools requesting accreditation for the upcoming period will be released by 23 February 2017 ( Excel file available for download here to be returned to ed@hceres.fr).

For the overall offering of study programmes available at institutions, a provisional list of study programmes divided into teaching areas will be released by 23 February 2017 ( Excel file available for download here to be returned to champs-formations@hceres.fr).

For each of these categories, the documents and information to be submitted are indicated below.

When submitting applications on the PELICAN platform, the Hcéres fields and sub-fields document will be used. 

 

Doctoral schools

Doctoral schools will be evaluated via a review-and-project approach. A single file should be submitted per school project by 21 September 2017 for the next period.  

Reference documents:

 

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • An external evaluation for each project. This file should include appendices with characteristic data and the table summarising student numbers, supervision and monitoring of doctoral/postdoc researchers (to be submitted in Excel format).

 

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Hcéres uses a two-phase approach to evaluating the study programmes of institutions: download Presentation of the study programme evaluation process (PDF) and Key steps of the study programme evaluation process (PDF)

1)  Step 1: Evaluation of study programmes for the last period divided into teaching areas. Files must be submitted by 21 September 2017.

2)  Step 2: Evaluation of the overall architecture of the programme offering for the purpose of accreditation. The calendar for file submission will depend on the way Hcéres organises the evaluation of institutions into mini-groups (generally two months after evaluation reports from Step 1 are returned to the institutions).

 

Step 1 : Evaluation of study programmes for the last period

Study programmes issuing a bachelor’s degree, vocational degree or master’s degree

The evaluation covers existing study programmes (which have been operational during the most recent period), grouped into teaching areas (coherent thematic groups of study programmes which enable the institution to highlight its strategy). One file per study programme and one document per teaching area are required.

 

Reference documents:

 

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • One external evaluation file for each study programme. This file should contain a self-evaluation report for the study programme, prospective areas for improvement for the next period, appendices including tables of data, the RNCP sheet and the degree supplementary information for the study programme. The characterisation and self-evaluation sheet for the international part of a study programme is only required for study programmes with a strong international dimension.
  • One file for each teaching area

 

Programmes leading to master’s degrees in teaching, education and training (MEEF)

This evaluation covers the 4 master’s degrees in teaching, education and training (MEEF) issued by schools of teaching and education (ESPE). An external evaluation file is required for each of these master’s programmes (if they have been implemented), plus a document from each school on the management of these master’s programmes.

Reference documents:

 

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • An external evaluation file for each teaching master’s (MEEF) programme. This file should contain a self-evaluation report for the programme, appendices including tables of data, the RNCP sheet and the degree supplementary information for the study programme.

 

Healthcare programmes (bachelor’s or master’s level programmes in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and midwifery only)

This evaluation only applies to bachelor’s and master’s level programmes in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and midwifery. A file is required for each level (bachelor’s or master’s level) of each stream. The file should be based on the file completion guide but adapted to each stream. For the bachelor’s level, the file for each stream should include a section specifically for common first year healthcare studies (PACES) (this section is, however, common to the various streams, and should therefore be duplicated in each file, except for the number of students for each stream).

 

Reference documents:

 

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • An external evaluation file for each bachelor’s level healthcare stream. This file should contain a self-evaluation report for the study programme and supplementary appendices. This file should contain a PACES section common to the various streams.

 

Step 2 : Evaluation of the overall architecture of the programme offering for the purpose of accreditation

This evaluation covers the overall architecture of the study programmes offered by institutions seeking accreditation. A file is required for each teaching area offered for the forthcoming period, as well as a single file indicating changes to programme offering between the previous and next period.

This step does not apply to schools of teaching and education (ESPE).and teaching master’s (MEEF) programmes. The accreditation procedure organised by the General Directorate of Higher Education and Employability (DGESIP) shall continue to apply. Thus only programmes offered for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programmes, (excluding MEEF and including healthcare programmes).

 

Reference documents:

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • One file for each teaching area and one presentation sheet for each study programme in the teaching area
  • A general training strategy document
  • The comparative table of the overall training offering

 

Programmes at architecture schools issuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree equivalent

Step 1 : Evaluation of study programmes for the last period

Following discussions between Hcéres and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication on coordinating the evaluation of study programmes with institutional evaluations led by the department for the evaluation of study programmes (DEF) and the department for the evaluation of institutions (DEE), Hcéres has proposed two major changes to better integrate evaluations and simplify the files submitted by schools of architecture:

  • the institution prepares a single self-evaluation file to respond to the expectations set forth in the external evaluation standards for each of the two departments, avoiding potential duplication,
  • a visit is organised to conduct the institutional evaluation of the school and further the file-based evaluation of study programmes. 

The documents required for the self-evaluation file (self-evaluation report, characterisation data for the institution and each programme evaluated, etc.) must all be submitted at the same time via the Pelican platform and will be forwarded to both evaluation departments (DEF and DEE, and the experts involved in the evaluation.

Reference documents:

 

Step 2 : Evaluation of the overall architecture of the programme offering for the purpose of accreditation

This evaluation covers the overall structure of French architectural studies degree (DEEA), French State architectural degree (DEA) and specialisation and enrichment (DSA) study programmes offered by schools of architecture seeking accreditation. A single file should be submitted for the forthcoming period.

Reference documents:

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • One file for each teaching area and one presentation sheet for each study programme in the teaching area
  • A general training strategy document
  • The comparative table of the overall programme offering

Study programmes at schools under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Communication issuing a master’s degree equivalent

This evaluation only applies to schools under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Communication which issue Master's level degrees. It is a one-step evaluation of the results of current study programmes and the outlook for the future.

Reference documents:

 

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform:

  • An evaluation file for each degree programme. This file should contain a programme self-evaluation report, outlook and supplementary appendices.

 

In addition to submitting files via the PELICAN platform, for each file, institutions shall submit hard copies of a selection of pieces closely associated with student work (2 copies, maximum of 3 different pieces per study programme - the pieces will not be returned to the schools, and no more than 3 pieces will be distributed to the experts) to Hcéres, Département d’évaluation des formations, 2, rue Albert Einstein - 75013 Paris, France.

 

 

 

 

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