Guidelines for reviewing the HEI's quality assurance processes

The guidance concerns the review of HEI's quality assurance processes.  We describe the main principles. You can also read about the different assessment areas and assessment criteria.

Quality assurance in Swedish higher education is conducted by higher education institutions (HEI's) as well as by the UKÄ. This shared responsibility is a core principle for UKÄ in its work to continue developing a system for quality assurance i higher education.

Assessment areas and assessment criteria

The review of the HEIs’ quality assurance processes focuses on how well HEIs’ quality system and quality work help to improve and ensure the quality of the programmes at all levels. The review encompasses all assessment areas in the model for UKÄ’s reviews.

  • governance and organisation
  • preconditions
  • design, implementation and outcomes
  • student and doctoral student perspective
  • working life and collaboration
  • gender equality.

All reviews will be carried out by independent assessment panels put together by UKÄ based on a nomination procedure in which HEI's, student unions and employee/employer organisations make suggestions for assessors. The assessment panels consist of student and doctoral student representatives, employer and working life representatives, and experts for the higher education sector. UKÄ's decision is based on the assessment panels' reviews.

The reviews of HEIs’ quality assurance processes aim to confirm that the HEIs’ quality assurance processes ensure high-quality programmes and help to enhance the HEIs’ quality.