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Transparency of higher education through public quality assurance reports

The evolution towards a more knowledge-based society and strong competition in the labour market has resulted in an increasing interest in higher education in Europe. Given the large number of higher education institutions (HEIs) and study programs on the market, choosing a program and an institution has become more difficult. As a result, many students and of course many members of the public at large are looking for more detailed, reliable and comparable information on the quality of individual study programs, faculties and HEIs. Within this perspective, QA reports are considered an important source of reliable and comparable information. Their primary function is to provide information, provision, and transparency. This tool can also support accountability, quality improvement and strategic ascendancy.

After a positive certification according to the AAC quality standards you will receive the AAC Quality Seal for accredited programs or institutions. The results, the names of the reviewers, and the assessment report are published on the AAC Homepage.


Basic Documents

Program accreditation according to the international quality standards of the AAC is the appropriate instrument for you if:

  • You are a public or private Higher Education Institution recognized by the state.
  • You want to have your study program accredited according to international quality standards.

In order to assist you with the accreditation procedure according to our international quality standards, we have developed an assessment guide for the accreditation of study programs, which contains all relevant quality standards for bachelor and master programs in the form of questions and definitions of benchmarks. This document serves as the basis for generating your self-assessment report.

Our assessment guidelines are in line with the following quality standards:

Application form for accreditation

– Institutional Accreditation Form

– Program Accreditation Form






Please fill in the form very carefully and send it back to us to and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


Higher education, research and innovation play a crucial role in supporting social cohesion, economic growth and global competitiveness. The focus of the ESG is on quality assurance related to learning and teaching in higher education, including the learning environment and relevant links to research and innovation. The new Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) were adopted in 2015 by 48 European Ministers responsible for higher education. The Ministers following a proposal prepared by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) in co-operation with the European Students’ Union (ESU), the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) and the European University Association (EUA). Since 2005, considerable progress has been made in quality assurance as well as in other Bologna action lines such as qualification frameworks, recognition and the promotion of the use of learning outcomes, all these contributing to a paradigm shift towards student-centered learning and teaching. The ESG are a set of standards and guidelines for internal and external quality assurance in higher education. The ESG are not standards for quality, nor do they prescribe how the quality assurance processes are implemented, but they provide guidance, covering the areas which are vital for successful quality provision and learning environments in higher education.

ESG in English Download PDF

ESG in Spanish Download PDF

Translated by the Aragon Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation.

ESG in Dutch  Download PDF

Translation commissioned by The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Note: If you need an ESG in another language please contact us.

The Standards for Accreditation are an articulation by the higher education community of what a college or university must do in order to deserve the public trust. They also function as a framework for institutional development and self-evaluation. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (a non-governmental organization) both recognize reputable accrediting bodies for institutions of higher education and provide guidelines as well as resources and relevant data regarding these accreditors. Neither the U.S. Department of Education nor CHEA accredit individual institutions. In 2013, President Barack Obama proposed changes in the accreditation system to hold “colleges accountable for cost, value, and quality”. He requested Congress change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are considered in determining which institutions are accredited and allow students access to federal financial aid. Only institutions and programs accredited by an US federally recognized accreditor can provide students with access to US federal student aid, including Pell Grants and student loans

The goal of accreditation in US is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

Compare: Accreditation in the United States

Compare: Subpart B – The Criteria for Recognition




Educationconsult is pleased that you are interested in Quality Development in Higher Education. We can support you with our know-how acquired during twenty five years of accreditation and development of Higher Learning Quality Standards in Europe.

Educationconsult is a key partner for education professionals on an international level and has been contributing to the European Bologna Process since the very beginning.

We have an in-depth knowledge and recognize the needs of institutions, students and the labor market.  As an “interpreter” working with and between accreditation bodies and universities we have successfully accompanied about 300 programs and universities through this accreditation process. Our approach in consulting is based on practical experience. We analyze quality assurance procedures and draw general insights. The goal of Educatinconsult is to support you in attaining your self-imposed quality targets.

From a legal point of view Educationconsult supports two basic types of accreditation procedures: program or institutional accreditation. Both of these accreditation procedures must adher to national legislation and be in accordance with international requirements like the ENQA (European Standards and Guidelines). Our work is guided by high quality and robust moral standards as well as a strong sense of responsibility.

Educationconsult offers universities significant added value to reach the goal of accreditation. Our knowledge about assessment guidelines allow for thorough checking, examination, and inspection to see whether your university can achieve its own educational goals and the goals of the accrediting body on program or institutional level.

Our experts can give you recommendations on the further development of your study programs. We provide vital impulses for the further development of quality in higher education.

We look forward to receiving your application for support.

Mr. Detlev Kran


Educationconsult provides analysis and solutions tailored specifically to meet the needs of your institution of higher education, college, or university. Educationconsult will assist and care you with:

  • Program / Institutions Accreditation.
  • Critical document reviews.
  • Support for development and self-evaluation / self-study reports.
  • Onsite visit preparation.

Mr. Detlev Kran is the owner of Educationconsult. Mr. Kran has 25 years of experience and specialized knowledge in accreditation procedure. He can offer customized solutions and can give your university a helping hand and considerable assistance on its way to a successful end result, whether it is for a simple program accreditation or for a more complex institutional accreditation. Mr. Kran offer time-efficient and cost-effective systems to assist higher education institutions. He retired from the German Armed Forces as an Officer (operations and training) after 12 years of active duty. Detlev Kran has a Master in Education from the German Armed Forces University in Hamburg; a Master in Business Administration from California State University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Total Quality Management from the T.U. in Kaiserslautern); and a Postgraduate Diploma Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the Steinbeis Hochschule in Berlin.

Mr. Detlev Kran’s main points of qualification are:

  • 25 Years of experience in accreditation of H.E. institutions.
  • 12 Years as an Commercial Director / Head of Office of an Accreditation Body.
  • Co-developer of Accreditation Standards in Germany and the E.U.
  • About 300 Accreditations.
  • All Accreditations at Level 6,7, and 8 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Founding Member of ENQA and ECA.
  • Coordination and international networking (ENQA, ECA, NVAO (NL), Federation of Austrian Industries (A), Austrian Chamber of Commerce (A), Joint Quality Initiative as part of the Bologna process.
  • Several Books e.g. “Quality control in the area of MBA programs”.
  • Auditor of “The MBA and Master Guide” (17th. Edition).

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