Improvement and accreditation of study programmes

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The first, second cycle and integrated studies are coordinated by the University’s Study Centre, the third cycle studies are coordinated by the University’s Research Centre, and the non-degree studies are coordinated by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies.

Study Programme Committees shall be formed for the development, management, evaluation and improvement of undergraduate and postgraduate and integrated study programmes, operating in accordance with

EXTERNAL EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION

The Law on Science and Studies of the Republic of Lithuania stipulates that only study programmes in accredited fields of study may be conducted in higher education institutions. External evaluation of higher education fields is carried out by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education or another higher education quality assessment agency included in the European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education. Assessment and accreditation is performed  at least once in 7 years, according to the procedure established by the Ministry of Education and Science, according to the methodology established by the Centre for Study Quality and Assessment.

The quality of study fields is assessed according to the following areas:

  • Study goals, results, content
  • Interfaces between science (art) and study activities
  • Student admission and support
  • Studying, study achievements and graduate employment
  • Lecturers
  • Material resources of studies
  • Study quality management and publicity

Directions are scored (5 point rating system)

GradeEvaluationDescription
5Exceptional qualitiesThe field is rated exceptionally well in the national context and internationally.
4Very goodThe field is rated very well in the national context and internationally, with no shortcomings.
3GoodThe fields is being developed systematically, without major shortcomings.
2SatisfactoryThe field meets the minimum requirements, there are significant shortcomings that need to be addressed.
1UnsatisfactoryThe field does not meet the minimum requirements, there are significant shortcomings that make it impossible to conduct field studies.

There are three types of decisions for the accreditation of studies in the field: 1) Accreditation for 7 years; 2) Accreditation for 3 years; 3) No accreditation.

The conclusions of the external evaluation of the ongoing and planned study programmes are available on the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) website or In the Open Information, Counselling and Guidance System (AIKOS).

According to the  Order of the Minister of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania of  17 July  2019, sub-section  3.1. The study fields carried out by all higher education institutions shall be considered accredited until they have been assessed and accredited in accordance with the procedure established by this Order, in accordance with the plan provided by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education. External evaluation of study fields, plan for 2020–2025.

The calendar of external evaluation of LSMU study fields is presented in this table.