Governing Guidelines

Guidelines Governing the Recognition of Overseas and Domestic Quality Assurance Agencies

 

Approved in the 5th meeting of the fifth board of trustees on July 1, 2019

 

Article 1

The Guidelines Governing the Recognition of Overseas and Domestic Quality Assurance Agencies are established by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (hereinafter “the Council”) to implement the Ministry of Education Guidelines Governing the Regulation of Domestic and Overseas Quality Assurance Agencies.

 

Article 2

Terms used in these guidelines are defined as follows:

1.     Domestic quality assurance agency: National academic agencies approved and registered by the Republic of China (R.O.C.) government or national civic organizations or professional agencies with founding missions related to higher education quality assurance that has been approved and registered; and

2.     Overseas quality assurance agency: Quality assurance agency with founding missions related to higher education quality assurance that has been approved and registered by foreign governments or international organizations.

 

Article 3

Recognition Committee for quality assurance agencies (hereafter “the Recognition Committee”) comprises seven to nine members and includes representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Association of National Universities of Taiwan, the Association of Private Universities and Colleges, the Association of National Universities of Science and Technology of Taiwan, the Association of Private Universities and Colleges of Technology and the Council.

The Recognition Committee panel chair position shall be held by the Council representative.

 

Article 4

Recognition Committee members serve one term of 3 years and maybe reappointed.

If a committee representative is absent during the hired period due to any contingencies, the position shall be filled by a succeeding committee member. If committee members who are not committee representatives are absent during the hired period due to any contingencies, the Council shall hire new committee members to fill the vacancy. Newly hired and substitute committee members shall serve for the term of the original committee member.

 

Article 5

The Recognition Committee should only hold meetings if more than two-thirds of committee members are present.

Recognition decisions are generally passed based on a consensus. Voting methods may be employed when necessary. However, a recognition decision may only be passed with the support of over two-thirds of the present committee members.

 

Article 6

A domestic quality assurance agency may be recognized if it meets the following requirements:

1.     It has established clear and professional accreditation mechanisms; and

2.     It has accredited a higher education institution, college, department, or degree program within the past 3 years.

The Council shall conduct on-site review result decision-making for a domestic quality assurance agency that does not meet the aforementioned second requirement.

 

Article 7

Domestic quality assurance agency must submit the following documents when applying for recognition:

1.     Application form;

2.     Authenticated proof of legal personality or printed copies of people’s organization registration certificate;

3.     Copies of Organization regulations and the appointment proof the agency representative; and

4.     The following documents that describe the recognition standards:

(1)      Governance and operation;

(2)      Quality assurance;

(3)      Accreditation standards;

(4)      Accreditation implementation;

(5)      Reviewers;

(6)      Accreditation result decision-making process and follow-up procedures;

(7)      Information publication and transparency; and

(8)      Performance and reputation.

 

Article 8

An overseas quality assurance agency may be recognized if it meets the following requirements:

1.     The agency has been recognized by the following organizations and has implemented clear and professional accreditation mechanisms:

(1)      The education ministries or higher education quality assurance network of the agency country; and

(2)      International higher education quality assurance networks.

2.     It has accredited a higher education college, department, or degree program within the past 3 years; and

3.     It has an international reputation in its professional accreditation field.

 

Article 9

Overseas quality assurance agency shall commission Taiwan universities or colleges to submit recognition applications according to the conditions stipulated in Article 8.

 

Article 10

Applicants for quality assurance agency recognition must first pay the Council regulated basic operation fee. Applicants may not request refunds under any circumstances.

The Council will not receive applications from applicants who failed to pay the regulated basic operation fee before the deadline.

 

Article 11

Quality assurance agencies may apply for recognition from the Council every year in March, June, September, and December.

The review process consists of three stages:

1.     Initial review stage: The Council will conduct an initial review within 10 days of receiving the application using the submitted required documents. If any of the required submitted documents are missing, the Council shall notify the applicant organization to provide it within 10 days;

2.     Review stage: The Recognition Committee will perform a document review. The Council will request the applicant agency representative to hold a presentation and may conduct an on-site visit review if necessary; and

3.     Recognition decision-making stage: The Recognition Committee will determine the recognition decision. The Council will notify the applicant agency of the results.

The Council will complete the decision-making process within 3 months of receiving the recognition application. If necessary, the Council will extend this period by 1 month and notify the applicant agency of this time extension.

 

Article 12

The recognition is valid for up to 5 years. During this period, the Council Recognition Committee may conduct a document review or make on-site visits.

The Council may cancel its recognition of domestic quality assurance agencies that have severely violated Article 7, paragraph 4, during the aforementioned review or visit process.

 

Article 13

The Council may cancel its recognition of overseas quality assurance agencies that have violated Article 8, paragraph 1, during the recognition validity period.

 

Article 14

The guidelines are implemented after being approved by the board of trustees.

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