ATHEA's Mission and Values

The foundation for ATHEA is its mission and values. These foundational concepts establish the operational context, scope, and governance of the association.They are part of ATHEA's Charter which establishes the legal basis for the association. 

MISSION

The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Accreditation by Board of Commissioners instills public confidence in the institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement of those standards. ATHEA's Standards for Accreditation are based on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) required for recognition by the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR).

CORE VALUES

The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is guided by these Core Values:

VALUE PROPOSITION AND BENEFITS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (HEI)

ATHEA intends to be listed on the EQAR European Quality Assurance Register in the near future. Benefits for HEI are as follows:

Before ATHEA is listed on EQAR 

As soon as ATHEA is listed on EQAR 

Institutions benefit by a strengthened institutional quality assurance system in line with the ESG and the Bologna Process.

This includes 

  • internal and external quality assurance,
  • compliance with educational frameworks based on the Dublin descriptors,
  • the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS),
  • stakeholder focus,
  • outcome-based performance evaluation,
  • and an appropriate governance system of the institution.
  • networking and topic oriented collaboration (e.g. faculty and student exchange, research, publications) between institutions are additional benefits.

In some countries, this will fulfill the requirement for a license to operate for the HEI.

Depending on the country an HEI is operating in, 

  • this should translate into recognition as a locally operating HEI without further national accreditation or auditing,
  • with full recognition of the degrees according to the European Network of Information Centres - National Academic Recognition Information Centres (ENIC/NARIC),
  • securing local recognition of degrees and upward mobility for students within the Bologna system.

 

 

 

 Additional information can be downloaded below "ATHEA Value Proposition".


ATHEA Value Proposition
This document presents ATHEA's value proposition and benefits for Higher Education Institutions
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ATHEA Charter - English
The ATHEA Charter that was filed in Vienna, Austria to establish the association (English Version 02).
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ATHEA Charter - German
The ATHEA Charter that was filed in Vienna, Austria to establish the association (German Version 02).
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ATHEA's Registration Confirmation
This document is the official confirmation from the Austrian government registering ATHEA as a non-profit association.
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