Internal institutional evaluation at EHU is performed by the Development Unit, resulting in an Annual Report presented to the University Senate and the Governing Board, and published on the website. The conclusions are further used by the institutional leadership in aiming to review the goals that have been set, developing a SWOT analysis, addressing the identified weak points within the action plan, and for quality improvement.
Annual Reports are based on the main monitoring and self-evaluation criteria of the University. They include the EHU mission and vision; service to society; strategic priorities; EHU structure and governance; implementation of a financial plan; data on enrollment trends, graduates, faculty, research, international cooperation, fundraising, and visibility.
The University participates in the Institutional Review of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) organized by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC).
The real resource assessment carried out by the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) is one of two parts in the external assessment of the HEI. MOSTA perform the real resource assessment of HEI and transmit the decision to SKVC. The second part of external assessment—performance evaluation of HEI—is carried out by the SKVC. Both parts of the evaluation are equally important for HEI because they affect the external evaluation of HEI and accreditation.
SKVC assessments are conducted every six years on these operational levels of institution:
- Strategic management;
- Academic studies and life-long learning;
- Research and/or art activities; and
- Impact on regional and national development.
Another important monitoring and self-evaluation tool is the student survey.
Surveys are conducted twice a year by the Student Service both for distance learning and on-campus students, and for the undergraduate and graduate students. This survey provides information on programs, courses, quality of teaching, material resources, evaluation of administrative work, and student satisfaction with the social activities provided, the psychological climate, and their studies at the University.
Though regular student surveys were conducted since AY 2009–2010, relevant feedback was not provided for students or the academic community. Therefore, starting in AY 2012–2013, student questionnaires and survey methodology were revised and adapted to new requirements for quality assurance. This step is intended to improve student awareness of the evaluation process and to find ways to overcome problems and difficulties of completion. A feedback loop should also ensure that the majority of students will participate in the surveys, will understand the value of them, and will commit themselves to a quality culture.
Faculty and administrative staff satisfaction surveys were conducted in AY 2013–2014. All members of the academic community—students, faculty members, administrative staff—will make up the feedback loop. This unified approach will improve the quality assurance of teaching and learning.
Procedural description of external evaluation and accreditation of study programs provided by the Lithuanian legislation states that only the accredited study programs may be carried out.
The accreditation of study programs is based on an external evaluation report. The programs must be accredited at least once every six years and can be accredited for three or six years. All new study programs are being accredited for three years.
HEI, intending to carry out or carrying out the first or second cycle study programs, must adhere to the general and specific requirements for curriculum and program design, and implement them as follows: study programs must meet the requirements specified in the orders for their intended use; all study programs goals should be linked to learning outcomes of knowledge, understanding, abilities and competence to meet the credit volume and credit structure; all faculty with the relevant skills and teaching experience.
Research activities in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities (SHH) in Lithuania are mainly carried out by the public research sector.
Since 2009, the Research Council of Lithuania has been responsible for the evaluation of higher education and research institutions’ data of scientific production. Evaluation is performed every three years and the scores of evaluation are used for allocation of budget funding for state institutions.
In 2012 the evaluation of scientific production by the fields of sciences for the period of 2009–2011 was conducted. According to the results of evolution, the most productive higher education and research institutions in the field of SHH could be identified. The information of the state research and higher education institutions (including EHU) on research and research related activities is provided by MOSTA in the annual country reports.