Periodical programme evaluation and re-accreditation

All programmes must be periodically evaluated every five years. The programme is evaluated according to current laws and national regulations, as well as additional criteria decided by UiS.

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The evaluation is completed by an expert committee consisting of representatives from the academic environment, representatives from the administrative staff, external peers, representatives from industry, and students. The evaluation lays the foundation for re-accreditation of the programme. The education committee decides the guidelines for evaluation and re-accreditation of all yearly studies and degree-programmes, including study offers included in the EVU-portfolio. The committee also makes decisions regarding re-accreditation of all degree-programmes. The dean decides similar guidelines for shorter studies not included in degree-programmes, such as continuing educations. The dean makes decisions regarding the re-accreditation of these studies. 

a) Periodical study programme evaluation

ParticipantsEvaluation committee decided by the dean.

Head of department is responsible for comment and structure of actions.

Study programme council handles and gives advice based on the report and comments from the head of department. 
TimeDeadline by the end of the calendar year.
FrequencyEvery five years after cycle decided by the education committe for the degree-programmes, and by the dean for the shorter studies not included in a degree-programme.
Purposeassess whether the criteria in the study supervision regulations and the study quality regulations are met, and whether the study has satisfactory results. Give advice for further development of the programme. Foundation for re-accreditation.
DataAll available infomation regarding the programme, Information about the academic environment,Selected results data
DocumentationReport from the evaluation committee including the deans' advice and action plan is sent to the division of academic affairs. 
The report from the evaluation committee with the deans' assessment, advice and action plan is sent to the director of academic affairs. These make up the foundation for the handling of the education committee. The faculty follows up  in regards to the dean and the education committee's action points, and the evaluation report is published at

b) Re-accreditation of degree programmes

ResponsibilityThe education committee
ParticipantsPro-rector for education, director of academic affairs, dean, study programme council, programme coordinator and head of department. 
TimeAfter completed periodical evaluation
FrequencyEvery five years, following the cycle decided by the education committee for the degree programmes and by the dean for shorter studies not a part of a degree programme. 
PurposeContinuance of the accreditation of the programme
DataReport from the evaluation committee with the advice and action plan from the dean. 
DocumentationThe education commitee's decision in the case, either: 
- Re-accreditation of the programme, or
- Deadline to make changes necessary for the programme to keep its accreditation, or
- Advice to the board regarding dicontinuation and transitional arrangements. 
The board handles cases regarding discontinuation of degree programmes, following advice from the education committee.