The work of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) is based on the principle of enhancement-led evaluation and producing impactful information, which contributes to the enhancement of education.
The purpose of the audit framework is
- to evaluate whether the quality work in the HEI meets the European quality assurance standards,
- to assess whether the quality system produces relevant information for the implementation of the strategy and the continuous development of the HEI’s activities, and whether it results in effective enhancement activities,
- to encourage internationalisation, experimenting and a creative atmosphere at HEIs, and
- to accumulate open and transparent information on quality work at Finnish HEIs.
The principles of the audit framework are described in the audit manual.
The implementation of the audit
The four-member audit team carried out the audit. The members of the audit team were:
- Professor Håkan Wiklund, deputy vice-chancellor Mid Sweden University (chair)
- Irina Duma, doctoral student, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
- Birgit Kraus, quality manager, Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
- DSc Matti Kuronen, region manager, Bonava Suomi Oy
Mirella Nordblad from the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre acted as project manager of the audit. The audit is based on the material submitted by the higher education institution, self-assessment report, additional material requested by the audit team and the audit team’s visit (online) to the institution 23–24 March 2021. The audit team had also access to essential electronic materials and systems. The main stages and timetable of the audit were:
|Agreement negotiation||20 January 2020|
|Appointment of the audit team||12 June 2020|
|Submission of the audit material and self-assessment report||29 December 2020|
|Information and discussion event at LUT||11 March 2021|
|Audit visit||23-24 March 2021|
|Higher Education Evaluation Committee’s decision on the result||16 June 2021|
|Publication of the report||16 June 2021|
|Concluding seminar||16 June 2021|
|Follow-up on the enhancement work||2024|
The evaluation areas I–III are each assessed as one entity using the scale excellent, good, insufficient.
The level excellent means that the HEI shows evidence of long-term and effective enhancement work. The HEI’s enhancement activities also create substantial added value for the HEI, stakeholders, or both. The HEI presents compelling examples of successful enhancement activities.
The level good for the evaluation areas I–III is described in appendix 1.
The level insufficient means that the HEI shows an absence of or major shortcomings in systematic, functioning, and participatory procedures in the evaluation area (I–III). There is no clear evidence of the impact of quality management in the enhancement of activities.
In order for the HEI to pass the audit, the evaluation areas I–III should reach at least the level good.