Strategic Controlling

Degree Program Evaluation Participants

Evaluation team

The evaluation team plays a central role in the evaluation of degree programs. The evaluation team consists of at least six independent assessors who are responsible for evaluating the study program to be reviewed.

Specifically, this includes: 

  1. At least one external professor in a relevant subject field 
  2. One TU Berlin professor from a neighboring discipline who is not part of the degree program
  3. One TU Berlin teaching and research assistant from a neighboring discipline who is not part of the degree program 
  4. An external student in a relevant subject field
  5. A (generally) TU Berlin student from a neighboring discipline who is not part of the degree program
  6. An external professional representative

For teacher training programs: The professional representative is replaced by a representative from the Senate department for schools  If needed, the evaluation team is expanded to include further assessors when evaluating joint degree programs or cluster initiatives. Drawing on relevant professional expertise ensures the professional quality of the degree programs.

The evaluation team is appointed by the vice president for education. When appointing the team, care is taken to ensure sufficient external perspectives. External assessors are not members of TU Berlin and may not have a conflict of interest regarding the degree program and its participants.

Certain criteria are observed when seeking suitable candidates to ensure the impartiality of the evaluation team members.

Tasks of the evaluation team

Before the visit:

  • Preliminary assessment of the degree program using degree specific-documents (data-based degree program report and self-report including annexes)
  • Follow-up on information gaps to prepare for the visit on the basis of the seven quality objectives

During the visit:

  • Conversations with persons involved in the degree program (students, instructors, and degree program coordinator)
  • Assessment/review of the evaluation team’s preliminary assessment throughout the visit (this can be several days)
  • Consensus meeting to discuss the final assessment of the degree program

After the visit:

  • Follow-up on the drafted assessment prepared by a member of Strategic Controlling
  • If applicable, participation in the session of the Internal Accreditation Committee (in agreement with the speaker of the evaluation team)

The evaluation team elects a speaker who has the following additional responsibilities:

  • Facilitating conversations during the visit, particularly in discussions with students, instructors, and the degree program coordinator
  • Representing the evaluation team during the decision of the Internal Accreditation Committee

Compensation and reimbursement of expenses

All members of the evaluation team, excluding the internal professor, receive a flat-rate compensation. The amount is determined by the number of evaluated degree programs (see table below). In addition, hotel and traveling expenses (train, 2nd class) are reimbursed for external assessors.

Number of degree programs to be evaluatedCompensation
1300 euros
2400 euros
3600 euros
4800 euros

Degree program coordinators

Pursuant to the Quality Management Regulations (QMO), the degree program coordinator (DPC) is responsible for ensuring the quality of the degree program. Prior to the site visit, the DPC receives a data-based degree program report (dataSB), which they use to create a self-report about the degree program. Both reports form the basis for the evaluation team’s preliminary assessment. Following the visit, the DPC is provided with an assessment of the degree program in the form of a report, which they then use to prepare a statement including a plan of measures. This is then used for the decision by the Internal Accreditation Committee (Akkomm). Throughout this process, the DPC is assisted by the respective faculties/joint committees or Office of Academics and Teaching (RefSL) responsible for the central institutes. The DPC, faculty, joint committee, and central institute are informed of the decision regarding accreditation. If accreditation is provisional, the DPC is responsible for ensuring the provisions are fulfilled within the deadline (generally one year).

Examination Office (I B)

The first step of a degree program evaluation consists of the Examination Office (I B) reviewing the formal criteria (initial review), i.e. does the degree program conform to the Berlin Higher Education Act, the Berlin Study Accreditation Regulations (and any subject-specific requirements - e.g. for teacher training), as well as the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO). For this, the Examination Office issues an evaluation memo, which is included as an annex in the initial review.

Strategic Controlling

A member of Strategic Controlling is tasked with overseeing the entire evaluation process, including implementing and designing the process as well as assisting the faculties/joint committees, central institutes, and the evaluation team throughout all stages. This begins with providing the data-based degree program report, coordinating the visit and all related administrative tasks through to preparing the drafted report on the basis of the final assessment discussed with the evaluation team in the consensus meeting. They are also responsible for providing the Internal Accreditation Committee with all necessary documents and monitoring any deadlines afterwards (e.g. for fulfilling provisions).

Internal Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee is responsible for accrediting degree programs at TU Berlin. It takes a decision based on all evaluation documents (initial review, report including recommendation for accreditation and statement from the degree program).

Accreditation Council

The Accreditation Council is the decision-making body of the German Accreditation Council, whose legal mandate is to organize the accreditation of study programs as a quality assurance instrument in studying and teaching.

Following the decision of Internal Accreditation Committee, the respective accreditation status (accredited, accredited with provisions, not accredited) of the study program including a quality report consisting of the following documents is forwarded to the Accreditation Council: 

  1. Initial review
  2. Report including recommendation for accreditation
  3. Statement from the degree program
  4. Excerpt from the decision minutes of the Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Council database publicly publishes the current accreditation status of all degree programs.

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