This page offers an overview of the process for existing higher education programmes under the new accreditation system and also enables you to keep up-to-date with the latest version of our rota plan for accreditation.
During the phasing in of institutional accreditation, programme accreditation will be performed in parallel to a lesser extent at those institutions that have not as yet received institutional accreditation, or where work on accrediting the institution itself has not begun.
The accreditation of existing programmes is based on a holistic assessment of the programme in question and an overall appraisal regarding whether the programme fulfils all of the criteria in the ministerial order on accreditation. The programme must also live up to current statutory requirements – including the ministerial order on higher education programmes, the ministerial order on examinations and the ministerial order on admission requirements – in order to achieve positive accreditation.
An accreditation panel set up by the Danish Accreditation Institution performs the academic assessment of a programme. The panel’s members comprise one or more experts, a potential employer representative and a student. Their job is to decide whether the programme in question fulfils the criteria satisfactorily.
The accreditation panel’s assessments constitute the basis for the preparation of an accreditation report, which in turn constitutes the basis for the final decision, which is made by the Accreditation Council.
The Accreditation Council makes decisions regarding the accreditation of individual programmes. An existing programme can be given positive accreditation or conditionally positive accreditation or refusal of accreditation:
- Positive accreditation: the programme as a whole is considered to live up to the accreditation criteria.
- Conditionally positive accreditation: the programme does not live up fully to all criteria, but the Accreditation Council finds that it will be possible to correct its shortcomings within a shorter period of time. The Council stipulates a timetable for when these shortcomings must be corrected.
- Refusal of accreditation: the programme as a whole is not considered to live up to the accreditation criteria.
Contact for Professional, Vocational and Maritime Institutions
Contact for Universities and Educational Institutions of Arts and Culture
- 22 January 2013: information meeting
- April 2013: hearing for experts at institutions
- 2 May 2013, 12.00: deadline for forwarding key figures in connection with criteria 15 and 17
- 14 May 2013, 12.00: deadline for forwarding an account and supplementary documents
- 16 September – 31 October 2013: the expert panel and the Danish Accreditation Institution visit each institution offering programmes – one day per institution
- 22 January – 4 February 2014: reports forwarded for a hearing at institutions
- 26 February 2014: the reports are published and forwarded to the Accreditation Council
In pursuance of the new Accreditation Act, the task of accreditation will gradually move away from programme level to focus instead on the accreditation of individual higher education institutions. This will lead to a reduction in the number of accreditations of existing programmes, and a new, reduced rota plan for existing programmes is therefore being prepared. The plan will be published on this page.
The Accreditation Council drew up this reduced rota plan, which is based on three principles that were adopted at the Council’s meeting on 19 April 2013.
The Accreditation Council drew up this reduced rota plan. It is based on three principles that were adopted at the Council’s meeting on 19 April 2013.
Principles for the reduced rota plan:
- All higher education institutions must have a relatively uniform workload, taking into account their relative share of the total number of students in the sector.
- Programme accreditation will focus on the programme areas that proved to have the greatest challenges with regard to quality in connection with previous accreditation, or on areas that have not hither to been accredited.
- Programmes and local provision of programmes for accreditation will be selected in such a way that, other things being equal, the programmes to which the largest number of students have been admitted will be accredited first.