In a context of Higher Education in the European Higher Education Area where the university assumes responsibility for providing quality teaching, the qualification and competence of the teaching staff is one of the elements that offer more confidence in the capacity of universities to fulfil their commitment to society.
Universities are now increasingly assuming greater responsibility for the recruitment and appointment procedures of their faculty, and must therefore develop procedures for the assessment of their performance, as well as for their training and encouragement, ensuring their qualification and teaching competence.
The DOCENTIA Programme takes as a reference the recommendations for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions elaborated by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) in its document Criteria and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. Among these criteria and guidelines is 1.4, Quality Assurance of Teaching Staff, which states that institutions must provide themselves with the means to ensure that their teaching staff are qualified and competent to teach.
Likewise, the design of the programme has taken into account the standards established by internationally recognised organisations on staff evaluation, such as The Personnel Evaluation Standards, elaborated by The Joint Committee of Standards for Educational Evaluation.
The ACPUA has signed a collaboration agreement with ANECA for its participation in the DOCENTIA Programme developed in close collaboration with all the autonomous agencies. The aim of this programme is to support universities in the design of their own mechanisms for evaluating the quality of the teaching activity of their teaching staff in order to favour their development and recognition.
The DOCENTIA Programme monitoring committee is made up of a chairperson (ANECA innovation coordinator) and a secretary (technician responsible for the DOCENTIA Programme in ANECA), as well as a representative of each of the regional agencies that have signed an agreement with ANECA (the person responsible for the Programme in each of them). One of the functions of this committee is to periodically review the model and the framework procedure established to apply the improvements suggested by the components derived from the implementation of the model and to respond to the demands of the agents involved. The ACPUA attends regular meetings of this committee where these improvement measures and updates are discussed and assessed.
As a result of this regular work of reflection and improvement, in 2013 the Good practice workshops of the DOCENTIA Programme took place, with the aim of sharing experiences on a useful and effective evaluation model that enhances the evaluation of the teaching activity of the teaching staff, its quality and professional development.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON EVALUATION OF CENTRES (SEC)
The SEC is a technical subcommittee constituted by the ACPUA Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation Commission under the provisions of Article 93.3 of the LOSUA and Article 17 of the Bylaws. It is the responsibility of this Sub-Commission to issue the final evaluation reports (see Evaluation Committees).
COMPLAINTS, CLAIMS AND APPEALS
All activities of the ACPUA are subject to the Procedure for handling appeals, complaints and claims.
Universities have two reference documents that serve as a guide for the design of their evaluation programmes (see attached documents)
For the evaluation and recognition of designed evaluation programmes, the agencies participating in the DOCENTIA Programme have developed the following tools (see attached documents).
PANEL FOR THE EVALUATION OF THE DESIGNS:
Panel composed of between five and six members, designated by ACPUA and ANECA, in charge of evaluating and, where appropriate, recognising the procedures designed by universities to develop the evaluation of their teaching activity.
Once the designs of the evaluation programmes have been favourably evaluated, the universities begin to implement them. In order to monitor this implementation, the following documentation has been prepared (see attached documents).
PANEL FOR THE EVALUATION OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DESIGNS:
Panel made up of four members, among which there will be the participation of external experts or evaluators who have participated in the model evaluating process. This Committee is responsible for evaluating the implementation of the models for evaluating the teaching activity of the teaching staff by the Universities. It makes proposals for the improvement of the implementation of the evaluation models and, where appropriate, the recommendation to start the certification process.
Once the designs have been implemented and the follow-up phase has been successfully completed, universities will be eligible for the certification of their evaluation procedures. The following documentation has been developed for this phase (see attached documents).
PANEL FOR CERTIFICATION:
Panel composed of between five and six members, designated by ACPUA and ANECA, in charge of certifying the evaluation models of the teaching activity of the university teaching staff implemented in the Universities.
UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA The University of Zaragoza has a verified model that is currently being implemented.
UNIVERSITY SAN JORGE The University San Jorge has its model verified and implemented and is currently after its third cycle of monitoring in a position to present itself for the certification of its model.