There is a distinction between institutional accreditation and programme accreditation (of both new and existing programmes).
Programme accreditation is performed on the basis of five statutory criteria:
- Needs and relevance – an assessment carried out solely by the Danish Accreditation Institution in connection with accrediting existing programmes. The assessment of relevance when accrediting new programmes is carried out by the pre-qualification system under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
- Knowledge base
- Objectives of learning outcomes
- Organisation of the programme and completion rate of students
- Internal assurance and development of quality
More information on the criteria and procedure in connection with programme accreditation can be found in the Danish Accreditation Institution’s guide to institutional accreditation and in the ministerial order on the Accreditation Act.
Institutional accreditation is based on five statutory criteria:
- Quality assurance policy and strategy
- Quality management and organisation
- The knowledge base of the programmes
- The level and content of the programmes
- Relevance of the programmes
Institutional accreditation is based on a holistic assessment, both in terms of the individual criteria and across criteria. The holistic assessments are carried out by an accreditation panel comprising people who possess expertise in the field of quality assurance at institutional level, expertise in connection with the higher education sector in general and knowledge of relevant labour market conditions, people who are international experts and student representatives. The holistic assessment is based on key figures, the institution’s self-evaluation report, site visits at the institution and documentation for the performance of quality assurance in selected areas at the institution.
More information on the criteria and procedure in connection with programme accreditation can be found in the Danish Accreditation Institution’s guide to institutional accreditation and in the ministerial order to the Accreditation Act.
The accreditation of existing university programmes performed before 1 July 2013 and the accreditation of new university programmes performed before or applied for before 1 July 2013 will be handled in accordance with the previous guides from what was then ACE Denmark.