Certification / accreditation decisions

Assessment of the level of satisfaction of the quality requirements

Following the evaluation visit, the Evaluation Group attributes to each Requirement for the quality of the QUACING Guidelines for the Quality Assurance of the University Degree Programs in Engineering in line with the AVA [1] and EUR-ACE approaches, a value equal to:

  • 4, in the case of a ‘fully satisfied’ Requirement (the value 4 can be attributed only in the absence of areas to be improved);
  • 3, in the case of Requirement ‘mostly satisfied ‘ (value 3 implies a ‘weight’ of the prevailing strengths compared to that of the areas to be improved);
  • 2, in the case of Requirement ‘mostly unsatisfied’ (value 2 involves a ‘weight’ of the areas to be improved prevailing over that of the strengths);
  • 1, in the case of a ‘not satisfied’ Requirement (the value 1 must be attributed when, in fact, the Degree Program does not manage the process / s associated with the requirement in question).

Certification / accreditation decision

a) The following certification / accreditation decisions are possible:

  • fully satisfactory certification / accreditation;
  • satisfactory certification / accreditation;
  • certification / accreditation with remarks;
  • certification / accreditation not granted

b) Certification / accreditation decisions are taken consistently with the following criteria.

The fully satisfactory certification / accreditation decision is taken if a value of 4 is attributed to all Requirements.

Fully satisfactory certification / accreditation can be granted even in the presence of Requirements to which a value of 3 has been attributed, provided that in each section the number of such Requirements does not exceed that of the requirements to which it has been attributed. a value equal to 4 and against a reasoned favourable opinion of the Evaluation Group.

The satisfactory certification / accreditation decision is taken if no Requirement has been assigned a value lower than 3.

The satisfactory certification / accreditation can be granted even in the presence of Requirements to which a value equal to 2 has been attributed (with the exception of Requirements A1, A2, A3, A4b-A4c, B1, B3, B4, B6, C1, C2, D2, D4), provided that in each section the number of such Requirements does not exceed that of the requirements to which a value of 4 has been attributed and in response to a reasoned favourable opinion of the Evaluation Group.

The certification / accreditation decision with findings is taken if a value of 2 is attributed to some Requirement (1 to Requirements A4a and D3), provided that in each section the number of such Requirements is not greater than that of the Requirements to which it has been attributed a value equal to 3 or 4 and in response to a reasoned favourable opinion of the Evaluation Group.

The decision of certification / accreditation not granted is taken in all other cases.

Validity of certification / accreditation and surveillance visit

a) Fully satisfactory, satisfactory and relevant certifications / accreditations are valid for three years from the date of the site visit.

b) Degree courses to which fully satisfactory or satisfactory certification / accreditation has been granted / accredited are normally subjected to a surveillance visit after three years.

Based on the outcome of the surveillance visit, the Steering Committeee can propose confirmation of the certification / accreditation decision taken following the assessment visit or propose a different certification / accreditation decision among those provided for in these Regulations.

c) Fully satisfactory and satisfactory certifications / accreditations with remarksissued after the surveillance visits are valid for three years from the expiry date of the certifications / accreditations issued following the on-site visit.


[1] AVA stands for Self-assessment, Periodic Evaluation, Accreditation according to the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR)