Consistent with institutional autonomy, the mission of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is to support higher education institutions and systems in developing their strategic leadership and capacity to manage change through a process of voluntary institutional evaluations.
The programme was launched in 1994 with the aim of supporting institutions in fulfilling their responsibility for assessing and improving the quality of their own activities. With experience gained from over 400 evaluations carried out over two decades, we continue to offer evaluations based on the founding principles of the programme. Now established as an independent quality assurance agency, IEP is listed on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). It had its most recent external review by ENQA in 2013-14, resulting in a self-evaluation report and an external evaluation report. Looking forward, we continue to develop our services in order to meet the needs of higher education institutions, guided by the Programme’s mission and elaborated in the IEP Strategy 2015-2020.
In addition to undergoing regular external review, IEP has its own Internal Quality Procedures and a Complaints Criteria and Procedure in order to continuously improve the programme and ensure that evaluations are carried out in a fair and accountable way.
All evaluations are carried out on a peer-review basis by teams drawn from the IEP pool of experts, which has around 60 members from across Europe. This includes current and former rectors and vice-rectors, students and senior higher education professionals. Each evaluation team is carefully composed on the basis of your institution’s priorities and profile, while bringing a diversity of expertise and backgrounds. All evaluation team members adhere to the Charter of conduct for pool members.
All our work is overseen by an independent steering committee, which has full responsibility for the development, monitoring and operation of the Programme. The current Steering Committee is composed of the following members:
The day to day work of the programme is implemented by the IEP Secretariat