Alignment Procedure

As a service to its members, INQAAHE will, at the member’s request, record on the INQAAHE website any member agency that has been found to be comprehensively adhering to the INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice (GGP).

There are two basic pathways for a member agency to demonstrate its adherence to the GGP.

Procedure for REVIEW

The first pathway, REVIEW, is for the agency to apply for an external review by a team of experts selected by INQAAHE. In this process, the agency will prepare a self-assessment report and host an on-site team of reviewers who will submit a report to INQAAHE for the final decision regarding the agency’s alignment with the GGP.

Procedure for RECOGNITION

The second pathway, RECOGNITION , is for the agency to apply for acceptance of the agency’s adherence to the GGP by demonstrating that the agency has been reviewed against a set of standards or criteria set by a reputable, external organization (e.g., CHEA, ENQA) that are considered to be substantially equivalent to or exceed the requirements set forth in the GGP. This pathway requires INQAAHE to review the standards or criteria set by the external organization to determine if equivalency exists. The agency must provide evidence of the outcome of this review, including any report issued by the external organization. This pathway includes the possibility of requesting a joint review by both INQAAHE and another external agency (e.g., ENQA) simultaneously.

In all cases, the INQAAHE review will require submission of materials demonstrating how the agency meets the guidelines, along with an application review fee. In those cases where INQAAHE must select and organize a team of reviewers to conduct an on-site visit, additional fees will be incurred. The Board of INQAAHE uses external review reports to reach a conclusion on whether an agency has met the GGP.

Immediately upon receiving a member agency request for an alignment, the INQAAHE Secretariat will convene members of the GGP Alignment Group to inform them of the request and of possible next steps. In the final analysis, it will be this group that reviews the application, documentation, and any resulting team reports and makes a recommendation to the INQAAHE Board regarding whether an agency is aligned with the INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice.

Click here to submit your request for Alignment with GGP.