13 October 2016

Certificate is officially awarded

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences has received the system accreditation quality seal and can now independently accredit its own degree programs

This Thursday, on 13 October 2016, Dr. Verena Kloeters, member of the Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes (AQAS), presented HsKA with a certificate for successful system accreditation. Educational accreditation means both safeguarding and further developing quality in learning and teaching. “The advantages of system accreditation for our university are obvious,” said President Dr Karl-Heinz Meisel, who is pleased with the positive rating from the evaluation. “Clearly defined processes and professional support in developing and safeguarding our high quality degree programs go hand in hand with a constructively critical culture of quality. Formally taking over responsibility for our degree programs fits well with our self-image.”

In Baden-Wuerttemberg, since 2005, accreditation has been a legal requirement and a prerequisite for the authorization of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs by the government. Until now, at HsKA so-called program accreditations were carried out by agencies, who examined selected degree programs. The system accreditation quality seal certifies that HsKA’s own, internal system of quality management meets the standards required to safeguard the quality of its degree programs. The advantage is that the quality management system processes and performance indicators HsKA uses promote continuous discussions about the further development of their degree programs.

It took several years to develop and implement the system of quality management at HsKA. Committees as well as representatives and students of the faculties participated in the lengthy process. It systematically integrates different perspectives into degree program evaluation. In addition to the perspectives of students and teaching staff at HsKA, it includes for instance the viewpoints of professional representatives and colleagues from other universities. “This way the quality management system promotes development processes that satisfy complex demands in terms of quality, high level of expertise, feasibility of the degree programs and applicability to professional life”, emphasizes Professor Dieter Höpfel, Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs. “With our quality management system we have created a framework that allows us to continuously develop our degree programs in a quality-oriented way. This was confirmed through the system accreditation quality seal, which strengthens our responsibility for the high quality of our degree programs.”

HsKA is one of 50 universities within Germany with the right to hold the internationally recognized certificate of the accreditation council and to award it to its own degree programs. Of the more than 400 state and state-approved universities in Germany, approximately 12% are system accredited. In Germany, accreditations are organized at final instance by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany – the Accreditation Council. The concrete processes of accreditation are carried out by certified agencies such as AQAS.