The distinctive features of the Institutional Evaluation Programme are:
- The focus of the IEP is the institution as a whole rather than individual study programmes or units;
- IEP is a voluntary process for the participating institutions; it is independent from governments and does not replace the role of national quality assurance agencies, its evaluations do not lead to any summative judgement or accreditation, nor are they geared towards ranking or comparing institutions;
- IEP applies a context driven approach to its evaluations; mission driven evaluations no not use externally imposed criteria, but evaluate the institutions taking account their external and internal context;
- IEP evaluations are improvement-oriented, resulting in evaluation reports identifying good practices and providing recommendations for improvement. Thus, the rationale for an institution to register for an IEP evaluation should be to develop its strategic leadership and quality;
- IEP emphasises an inclusive self-evaluation process and institutional self-knowledge for improved internal governance and management as well as for external accountability purposes;
- IEP is a European evaluation programme based on peer-review, with teams that represent the European higher education landscape and its diversity, offering their experiences to the service of the institution under evaluation. A European and international perspective takes into account the framework of current developments in higher education across the continent, such as the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.
On the following pages you can find more information about the IEP evaluation process (including an indicative timeline), evaluation methodology, evaluation teams and registration.