Rules and Procedures
The Agency Acredita CI offers the services of Accreditation of programs to autonomous institutions of Higher Education, in agreement with the Law 20.129 and the authorizations deriving from the Comisión Nacional de Acreditación (CNA), created by the above-mentioned Law.
Acredita CI is created with the purpose of guaranteeing the quality of teaching in Higher Education, in one of the most important disciplines, the engineering.
Request for evaluation
Programs from autonomous institutions of Higher Education, must have one promotion of graduates, at least, to introduce themselves to the process.
The accreditation process for science-based engineering programs is a voluntary process, but Acredita CI Invites the programs to present themselves to the process as a way of demonstrating the institutional interest of improving the training processes and with it their contribution to the country and its development. An accredited program is synonymous with quality in training.
Details for the accreditation process in the next document in pdf version:
Stages of the Accreditation Process
- Project beginning: The projects are generated by a Registration Application to the Process carried out directly by the programs, according to the forms defined for that purpose. Once the Application is received a revision of admission control is carried out and the signature of the Contract of Rendering of Services is activated.
- Selection of the Peers Evaluation Committee: Based on the orientations and culture of the program, a selection is made of the possible professionals that are competent to conforms the Peers Evaluation Committee, starting from the Evaluation Peers of Technology List, the Profile of Competencies of the Evaluator and the Record of Evaluation Peers that indicate their performance in previous visits.
- Execution of the Visit: The Execution of the Visit considers the following stages:
- Sending materials to the Peers, indicating the date of the Preparatory Meeting and the date of the Visit.
- A Preparatory Meeting is carried out to consolidate the Preliminary Final Report which is designed by each Peer, define possible requests of complementary information to the Institution, generate a collection of questions to be made in the different interviews during the visit, and approve the Visiting Program.
- Visit to the Institution; according to the Visit´s Program, where the interviews are carried out and the facilities are verified, reflecting the results in the Peer Evaluator Committee’s Final Report that shall be sent to the Agency at the end of the visit with the complete evaluative judgments beside the Exit Oral Report. This Oral Report provides a first overview of the results of the external evaluation, reading to the academic community related to the program at the end of the visit. The President must send the Final Report to the Agency within the following 10 working days (15 calendar days), being sent to the program so that they emit their observations to the Report.
- Project Close-out:
The Project Close-out activities begin with sending all the information gathered to the regarding area Accreditation Council: Self-Assessment Report, Peer Evaluator Committee’s Final Report, program observations to the Peer Committee Report, the View of the Peer Committee to the program Observations plus a context report; its members are called to Session.
Acredita CI will make a detailed analysis on the potential disabilities to which the Counsellor might be subjected to, prior to calling the Council for a meeting and, therefore, to sending the information. In this context, it is in possession of a register of disabilities derived from the statement of the relationship with higher education institutions made by the Counsellor. In the Council chart, aforementioned, those disabilities Counsellors to participate are explicitly mentioned, thus they must leave the meeting room as soon as the disabilities occurs.
Along with the program information, the Counsellor also receives the Operationalization of the CNA Evaluation Criterion. Each Counsellor is in charge of displaying a summary of the operationalization analysis to the session, on the basis of the information received by the program.
The President of the Evaluating Peer Committee attends to the session to respond to inquiries from Council members. The attendance can be face-to-face, through virtual mode or via telephone, privileging the communication by videoconference.
If it so decides, the Accreditation Council may summon the maximum program director or the head of the Process Coordination unit of the Agency, to present additional background to the Accreditation Council, when deemed necessary.
During the session, the Council proceed to make a decision: if the program accredits, and the number of years of accreditation; Or if it does not accredit, when an adequate level of compliance with the evaluation criteria and the graduate profile is not reached. With the decision taken, the Accreditation Resolution is drafted, containing a detail of the background summarizing the conclusions of the evaluation, the strengths and weaknesses of the program, the years of accreditation granted and recommendations. The years of accreditation are granted between 2 to 7 years. The maximum term of 7 years is defined by Law 20,129.
The Institution will be formally informed of the accreditation process through the Accreditation Resolution, a document that is issued with a copy to the Comisión Nacional de Acreditación.
The programs may request a reconsideration of the decision taken by the Accreditation Council by submitting an Appeal for Replacement.
At the end of the validity of an accreditation the program may voluntarily submit to a new process; and must perform a new self-evaluation report, considering the strengths and weaknesses of the previous Accreditation Resolution, and follow what has been described here, again. In the event that the program is not accredited, it may undergo a new accreditation process with this Agency or another, only after 24 months from the date of notification of the corresponding Resolution.
All agreements adopted by the Council of Accreditation regarding the process of accreditation of programs will be publicly known. The antecedents analyzed by Acredita CI for the effects of the adoption of the accreditation judgment, can be requested by the respective Institutions.
- Optional Steps
- Appeal for Reconsideration of Judgment. The program has 10 working days to present its appeal to Acredita CI, in the event of disagreement with the accreditation decision.
- The Agency will answer the Appeal for Reconsideration of Judgment in a maximum of 15 working days.
- Upon receipt of the Accreditation Resolution resulting from the presentation of the appeal, the program may still appeal to the CNA provided that it takes into consideration that since the accreditation decision the program has 30 working days to appeal to the CNA term that includes replenishment before the Agency.