Course of Study AccreditationRWTH Aachen
Accreditation – Why and What For?
The implementation of a graduated study system with Bachelor and Master courses of study through the framework of the Bologna Agreement, is simultaneously linked to stronger autonomy for universities in the establishment of courses of studies. Particular measures in the area of quality assurance were necessary in order to implement the Bologna Agreement. A system of inter-university quality assurance in Germany developed through the quality management of individual universities. This particular quality assurance instrument is called accreditation.
Planning Department Accreditation Office's Responsibilities
Answers upon request
Advising in the selection of agents
Creation of the request with advance information about the course of study to be accredited
Assistance during the preparation of the self-evaluation report and review the proposal
Negotiations with agents (councils, agencies, commission)
Organization of the on site accreditation
Post-support, for example regarding the fulfillment of possible requirements
Implementation of an accreditation process has been legally required since the current Higher Education Act took effect on January 1, 2007 in North Rhine-Westphalia. Accreditation must successfully take place before a course of study can be implemented. The accreditation is only recognized, if the agencies have been accredited by the German Accreditation Council. Accreditation through other, mostly international agencies, is possible as an additional option.
The documentation of the accreditation must simply be submitted to the Ministry. When courses of study are registered in the Official University Records, the accreditation certificates and information about the agencies, the date, and the accreditation process must be submitted.