Organisation

The ACPUA is an autonomous body (public law entity) attached to the Department of Innovation, Research and University of the Government of Aragon. Below are the functions, composition and members that are part of the governing bodies, the advisory body and the technical bodies of the Agency.

 

Governing Bodies

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the highest council of the Agency, being the Government board of the Agency, and it is chaired by the Minister of Innovation, Research and Higher Education of the Government of Aragon. It is made up of Government representatives, representatives of the universities, social agents (business organisations, trade unions…) and experts.

This Board of Directors is mainly in charge of dictating the general strategy of the Agency: approval of the programming and annual report on the activities, approval of budgets, etc.

Composition:

a) President of Innovation, Research and Higher Education from the Aragon Government, as President:

  • Excma. Sra. Dña. Pilar Alegría Continente

b) Agency´s Director:

  • D. Antonio Serrano González

c) Rector of the University of  Zaragoza:

  • D. José Antonio Mayoral Murillo

d) Rector of San Jorge University:

  • D. Carlos Pérez Caseiras

e) President of the Social Advisory Board of the University of Zaragoza:

  • D. Manuel Serrano Bonafonte

f) General Director of the Aragon Government in charge of Higher Education, as Vicepresidente:

  • Ilmo. Sr. D. José Antonio Beltrán Cebollada

g) General Director of the Aragon Government in charge of Research:

  • Ilma. Sra. Dña. María Teresa Gálvez Jaques

h) Vicepresident appointed by the University of Zaragoza:

  • D. Gerardo Sanz Saiz

i) Vicepresident appointed by San Jorge University:

  • D. Alejandro López del Val

j) Two teachers or university managers, experts in quality assurance, accreditation or prospective, appointed by the President from the Experts Committee: 

  • D. Jaume Farrés Vicén
  • D. José Ángel Villar Rivacoba

k) Two students, appointed by the highest student participation organ from the University of Zaragoza and the University San Jorge: 

  • D. Andrés Llena Riu
  • Dña. María del Mar Zamorano López 

l)Two representatives of the most important trade unions: 

  • Dª. Elena Ausejo Martínez
  • Dª. Josefina Jiménez Villar

m) Two representatives of the most important business associations:

  • D. Juan Carlos Dehesa Conde
  • D. Carmelo Pérez Serrano
 
 
 
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Director

The Agency´s Director leads the management of the Agency and designates the members of the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, on the proposal of the Committee of Experts. On the proposal of the Minister of Education, University, Culture and Sports of the Government of Aragon and after having taken into account the opinion of the Board of Directors, he/she is contracted for four years, extendable for another four more years. He/she will serve on a full-time basis and exclusively.  

  • Director: Antonio Serrano

Professor Antonio Serrano González has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Law by the University of Zaragoza. Law Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/ Main (Germany) and Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley (USA), Federico II in Napoli and Roma Tre (Italy), Macao (China) and the EHESS in Paris (France). Coordinator of the Ph. D in Comparative History, Theory and Anthropology of European Legal Cultures (Marie Curie Training Site) in Spain. Languages: French, English, German and Italian.

 

Advisory Bodie

Committee of Experts

The Committee of Experts is the Agency's advisory body. Its members are appointed by the President of the Agency, at the proposal of the Director and after hearing the Governing Council.

Its members are appointed by the President of the Board of Directors, after the Director´s proposal and after having informed the Board of Directors.

Functions:

a) Report about the Agency´s participation in national or international evaluations, accreditation or strategic foresight programmes.
b) Propose organizational innovations in the Agency´s structure.
c) Propose enhancement plans towards the improvement of the Aragon higher education system and report about the progress of the existing ones.
d) Propose to the Director the appointment of all non-evaluating technical committees' members.
e) Assess periodically the Agency´s activities, suggesting enhancement measures. 
f) Any other related function as mandated by the Board of Directors.

Composition

a) Two  renowned spanish experts in quality assurance and higher education accreditation. At least one of them must work outside the region of Aragon.

  • D. José Ángel Villar Rivacoba, University of Zaragoza (Chair).
  • D. Jaume Farrés Vicén, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

b) Two international renowned experts in quality assurance and higher education accreditation.

  • Dña. Lilia Costabile, Universidad «Federico II» Napoli (Italy).
  • D. Laurent Mayali, Universidad of California in  Berkeley (U.S.).

c) Secretary of this Committee, as a non-voting participant, a member of the staff of the Agency appointed by its Director.

  • Vacant post, QA and internationalization

The CECA

ACPUA has two technical bodies, the Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation Commission (CECA) and the Guarantees Committee.

 

Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation

The Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation (CECA) is ACPUA's technical commission for the evaluation, certification and accreditation functions. It has the ability to create technical subcommissions formed by experts. The composition of the subcommissions will be defined by the Certification, Evaluation and Accreditation Commission.

Functions:

a) Produce the evaluation, certification and accreditation procedures proposals and the required updates or modifications. This proposals will determine the evaluation standards and criteria that will be used for the evaluation, certification and accresitation decisions, as well as the procedures to access the information of the institutions subject to review.
b) Carry out ACPUA’s technical function of evaluation, certification and accreditation throughout the creation of technical committees of experts, whose regulations and composition will be Do the technical evaluation procedures that depend on the ACPUA. In order to achieve this, the Certification, Evaluation and Accreditation Commission will create sub-commissions held by experts (Evaluation Committees).
c) Provide advice about any related issue upon requests of ACPUA’s Director or Board of Directors.

Composition:
a) ACPUA's Director, also Chair of this Commission: D. Antonio Serrano González.
b) Vocals: Five renowned experts in the field of evaluation and quality assurance.

  • D. Francisco Javier Arcega Solsona
  • Dª. Carmen Ocal García
  • Dª. Teresa Sanchéz Chaparro
  • Dª. Margarita Serna Vallejo
  • D. Ignacio Ladrero Paños (student expert)

c) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote):

  • Dª. Ana Isabel Ortega Pardos.

Appeals Committee

This technical body is responsible for supervising the correct processing of ACPUA’s evaluation, certification and accreditation procedures. It was approved by ACPUA's Board of Directors on May 4th, 2015, and the appointment of its members is coming soon,.

Functions:
a) Report on appeals against ACPUA’s final evaluation decisions (Director´s resolutions), ensuring the correct application of the protocols and without reassessment capacity.
b) Inform about complaints and report to ACPUA’s Director.
c) Provide support and advice about complaints, appeals or any other issue related to the guarantees and ethics of evaluation.

Composition:
a) The Committee will choose a Chair within its members.

b) Committee members are renowned experts whose main occupation does not take place in the Aragon university system and who are not part of any other committee of ACPUA.

  • Vocal with legal background: D. Gabriel Morales (Chair)
  • Vocal with legal background: Dª Elena Larrauri
  • Vocal: Dª María Jesús Yagüe

c) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote).

  • D. Esteban Blasco

Technical Evaluation Committees

By agreement of 20 February, 2014, and in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws, the Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation Committee delegated for all purposes the technical function of evaluation, certification and accreditation in three subcommittees established for this purpose: Sub-Commission for the Evaluation of Degrees, Research, and Centres (SET, SEI and SEC), with the CECA being responsible for defining the operating regime and the composition thereof.

Programmes Evaluation Committee

The Programmes Evaluation Committee (SET - Subcomisión de Evaluación de Titulaciones) is the technical evaluation committee appointed by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, as stablished in the Article 93.3 of the Aragon Higher Education Act and in he Article 17 of the Statutes of ACPUA.

Functions:
a) Produce evaluation reports according to the protocols and methodologies determined by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.
b) Generate reports about the evaluation activity in:

  • Study programmes accreditation process.
  • Study programmes follow up process.
  • Any other study programmes evaluation/ review established by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.

Its members will act with full independence and will approve/ be responsible for their decisions.

Composition:
a) President:  the member with highest category, seniority  and age, in this order: D. Jordi Suriñach Caralt

b) Vocals: six renowned experts, one for each field of knowledge:

  • D. Mariano Esteban de Vega
  • D. Celso Rodríguez Fernández
  • D. Manuel Rosety Rodríguez
  • D. Jordi Suriñach Caralt
  • Dª. Elena Valderrama Vallés
  • Dª. Ángela Morales Fernández (Higher Education Degrees in Arts)

c) A student, also vocal: Dª Beatriz Atienza Carbonell
d) A secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote): Dª. Isabel Ortega Pardos

 

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Institutions Evaluation Committee

The Institutional Evaluation Committee (SEC - Subcomisión de Evaluación de Centros) is the technical evaluation committee constituted by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, as stablished in the Article 93.3 of the Aragon Higher Education Act and in the Article 17 of the Statutes of ACPUA.

Functions:

  • Produce evaluation reports according to the protocols and methodologies determined by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.
  • Generate reports about the evaluation activity in:
  • Creation and affiliation of university centres.
  • Feasibility of affiliated university centres.
  • AUDIT and DOCENTIA programmes.
  • Training School Certification.
  • Teaching staff evaluation system audit
  • Any other processed, as established by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.

Its members will act with full independence and will approve/ be responsible for their decisions.

Composition:
a) Chair: the member with highest category, seniority and age, in this order:

b) Vocals: four renowned experts.

  • Dª. Macarena López de San Román Regoyos
  • Dª. Elena Tejedor Viñuelas
  • D. Miguel Valero García
  • Dª.Gloria Zaballa Pérez

c) A student vocal: Dª. Alexandra Raijmakers

d) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote): Dª. Ana Isabel Ortega, QA technician

 
 

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Research Evaluation Committee

The Research Evaluation Committee (SEI - Subcomisión de Evaluación de la Investigación) is the technical evaluation committee constituted by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, as stablished in the Article 93.3 of the Aragon Higher Education Act and in the Article 17 of the Statutes of ACPUA.

Functions:
a) Produce evaluation reports according to the protocols and methodologies determined by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.
b)Generate reports about the evaluation activity in:

  • University research institutes initial accreditation
  • University research institutes accreditation
  • Junior academic staff research activity.
  • Research projects evaluation.
  • Any other processed, as established by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.

Its members will have full independence and will approve/ be responsible for their acts.

Composition:
a) Chair: the member with highest category, seniority and age, in this order: D. José Bonet Solves
b) Vocals: five renowned experts, one for each knowledge area.

  • D. José Bonet Solves
  • Dª. Eloísa Carbonell Porras
  • D. Jorge Fernández López
  • D. Elías Fernando Rodríguez Ferri
  • D. Enrique Mirambell Arrizabalaga

c) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote): Dª. Ana Isabel Ortega Pardos

  • D. Manuel Rosety Rodríguez
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