Since the Bologna reform came into effect, bachelor’s and master’s programs in Germany have been subject to accreditation. The Accreditation Council sets the requirements for the accreditation processes, and makes sure that reliable, transparent, and internationally recognized criteria are applied.
The program accreditation processes are carried out by accreditation agencies that have been specifically authorized to do so by the Accreditation Council.
At the beginning of each accreditation process, the Department submits a comprehensive self-evaluation report to the competent agency on the programs to be assessed. This report covers the following criteria:
- Qualification objectives of the program concept
- Conceptual assessment as to how the program fits into the overall system of university degrees
- Program concept
- Examination system
- Program-related cooperations
- Facilities, equipment, human resources
- Transparency and documentation
- Quality assurance and development
- Special programs with a distinct profile
- Gender equality and equal opportunities
Each accreditation process is based on a peer-review assessment that takes place in multiple stages. An expert group visits the university and reviews each program. Using the self-evaluation report as a guideline, the experts inspect each program as to whether the aforementioned criteria are being met and whether they are reflected in the students' and teachers' everyday lives. The group also evaluates whether the program to be assessed meets scientific and legal requirements. It is composed of students, professors from other higher education institutions, and practitioners from the corporate world.
As a rule, all programs offered by the Department of Law are accredited in clusters because their subjects are closely related.
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