Universidad de Concepción - CHILE

University Accreditation


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About UdeC

In August 2004, the university received full accreditation for a period of 6 years in the areas of governance, undergraduate teaching, research, postgraduate teaching, social connectedness and infrastructure and equipment.

At that time, it was a pilot project, which is voluntary, which sought to certify the quality in higher education.

This year, the UdeC must undergo this process again, according to the new law on Quality Assurance is mandatory for all higher education institutions and depends on the National Accreditation Commission, CNA.

In the Academic Council of 3 December, which was held at the Campus Los Angeles, the director of Strategic Studies, Arturo Mora, submitted a report detailing the new Institutional Accreditation process 2010, which was officially launched in November.

According to the report, "the university has put quality at the center of its policy, engaging the entire university community in creating a culture of quality. Our focus is continuous improvement, which can guide our work and generate a positive synergy between the University and the requirements of the country. Being accredited institutionally has many benefits, both for students who have access to loans from the state and student mobility, as for the institution to be eligible for resources through competitive funds and, without doubt, constitutes the guarantee of most commonly used quality according to international trends. "

In the process of institutional accreditation, each school develops a detailed analysis of policies and regulatory mechanisms, examining carefully its existence, systematic, and results. This analysis generates a Self-Evaluation Report, which is the first step in the process. Then, it provides an external evaluation, where national experts and foreigners who visit our institution, who developed a formal audit, to determine whether the institution has policies and regulatory mechanisms that ensure quality. Finally, the CNA issued a trial based on the weighting of the background obtained, which is determined by whether or not to accredit the institution for a maximum period of seven years.

Institutional Accreditation considers two minimum areas common to all institutions: Institutional management and undergraduate teaching. It also foresees the possibility for institutions to join the accreditation of one or more additional areas. In the case of our house of studies will incorporate the three additional areas proposed by the CNA: Postgraduate, Research and Liaison with the media.