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Organizative Structure

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the highest council of the Agency, being the Government board of the Agency, and it is chaired by the Minister of Innovation, Research and Higher Education of the Government of Aragon. It is made up of Government representatives, representatives of the universities, social agents (business organisations, trade unions…) and experts.

This Board of Directors is mainly in charge of dictating the general strategy of the Agency: approval of the programming and annual report on the activities, approval of budgets, etc.

Composition:

a) President of Innovation, Research and Higher Education from the Aragon Government, as President:

  • Excma. Sra. Dña. Pilar Alegría Continente

b) Agency´s Director:

  • D. Antonio Serrano González

c) Rector of the University of  Zaragoza:

  • D. José Antonio Mayoral Murillo

d) Rector of San Jorge University:

  • D. Carlos Pérez Caseiras

e) President of the Social Advisory Board of the University of Zaragoza:

  • D. Manuel Serrano Bonafonte

f) General Director of the Aragon Government in charge of Higher Education, as Vicepresidente:

  • Ilmo. Sr. D. José Antonio Beltrán Cebollada

g) General Director of the Aragon Government in charge of Research:

  • Ilma. Sra. Dña. María Teresa Gálvez Jaques

h) Vicepresident appointed by the University of Zaragoza:

  • D. Gerardo Sanz Saiz

i) Vicepresident appointed by San Jorge University:

  • Dña. Amaya Gil Albarova

j) Two teachers or university managers, experts in quality assurance, accreditation or prospective, appointed by the President from the Experts Committee: 

  • D. Jaume Farrés Vicén
  • D. José Ángel Villar Rivacoba

k) Two students, appointed by the highest student participation organ from the University of Zaragoza and the University San Jorge: 

  • D. Andrés Llena Riu
  • Dña. María del Mar Zamorano López 

l)Two representatives of the most important trade unions: 

  • Dª. Elena Ausejo Martínez
  • Dª. Josefina Jiménez Villar

m) Two representatives of the most important business associations:

  • D. Juan Carlos Dehesa Conde
  • D. Carmelo Pérez Serrano
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Director

The Agency´s Director leads the management of the Agency and designates the members of the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, on the proposal of the Committee of Experts. On the proposal of the Minister of Education, University, Culture and Sports of the Government of Aragon and after having taken into account the opinion of the Board of Directors, he/she is contracted for four years, extendable for another four more years. He/she will serve on a full-time basis and exclusively.  

  • Director: Antonio Serrano

Professor Antonio Serrano González has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Law by the University of Zaragoza. Law Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/ Main (Germany) and Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley (USA), Federico II in Napoli and Roma Tre (Italy), Macao (China) and the EHESS in Paris (France). Coordinator of the Ph. D in Comparative History, Theory and Anthropology of European Legal Cultures (Marie Curie Training Site) in Spain. Languages: French, English, German and Italian.

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Committee of Experts

The Committee of Experts is ACPUA's advisory council. It is composed of national and international experts and is in charge of providing advice and recommendations in order to improve the quality of ACPUA's procedures and activities.

Its members are appointed by the President of the Board of Directors, after the Director´s proposal and after having informed the Board of Directors.

Functions:

a) Report about the Agency´s participation in national or international evaluations, accreditation or strategic foresight programmes.
b) Propose organizational innovations in the Agency´s structure.
c) Propose enhancement plans towards the improvement of the Aragon higher education system and report about the progress of the existing ones.
d) Propose to the Director the appointment of all non-evaluating technical committees' members.
e) Assess periodically the Agency´s activities, suggesting enhancement measures. 
f) Any other related function as mandated by the Board of Directors.

Composition

a) Two  renowned spanish experts in quality assurance and higher education accreditation. At least one of them must work outside the region of Aragon.

  • D. José Ángel Villar Rivacoba, University of Zaragoza (Chair).
  • D. Jaume Farrés Vicén, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

b) Two international renowned experts in quality assurance and higher education accreditation.

  • Dña. Lilia Costabile, Universidad «Federico II» Napoli (Italy).
  • D. Laurent Mayali, Universidad of California in  Berkeley (U.S.).

c) Secretary of this Committee, as a non-voting participant, a member of the staff of the Agency appointed by its Director.

  • Dña. Irene Melchor Lacleta, QA and internationalization
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Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation

The Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation (CECA) is ACPUA's technical commission for the evaluation, certification and accreditation functions. It has the ability to create technical subcommissions formed by experts. The composition of the subcommissions will be defined by the Certification, Evaluation and Accreditation Commission.

Functions:

a) Produce the evaluation, certification and accreditation procedures proposals and the required updates or modifications. This proposals will determine the evaluation standards and criteria that will be used for the evaluation, certification and accresitation decisions, as well as the procedures to access the information of the institutions subject to review.
b) Carry out ACPUA’s technical function of evaluation, certification and accreditation throughout the creation of technical committees of experts, whose regulations and composition will be Do the technical evaluation procedures that depend on the ACPUA. In order to achieve this, the Certification, Evaluation and Accreditation Commission will create sub-commissions held by experts (Evaluation Committees).
c) Provide advice about any related issue upon requests of ACPUA’s Director or Board of Directors.

Composition:
a) ACPUA's Director, also Chair of this Commission: D. Antonio Serrano González.
b) Vocals: Five renowned experts in the field of evaluation and quality assurance.

  • D. Francisco Javier Arcega Solsona
  • Dª. María Pilar Figuera Gazo
  • Dª. Carmen Ocal García
  • Dª. Pilar Roca Morey
  • Dª. Cristina Pastor Valcárcel (student expert)

c) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote):

  • Dª. Ana Isabel Ortega Pardos.
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Appeals Committee

This technical body is responsible for supervising the correct processing of ACPUA’s evaluation, certification and accreditation procedures. It was approved by ACPUA's Board of Directors on May 4th, 2015, and the appointment of its members is coming soon,.

Functions:
a) Report on appeals against ACPUA’s final evaluation decisions (Director´s resolutions), ensuring the correct application of the protocols and without reassessment capacity.
b) Inform about complaints and report to ACPUA’s Director.
c) Provide support and advice about complaints, appeals or any other issue related to the guarantees and ethics of evaluation.

Composition:
a) The Committee will choose a Chair within its members.

b) Committee members are renowned experts whose main occupation does not take place in the Aragon university system and who are not part of any other committee of ACPUA.

  • Vocal with legal background: D. Gabriel Morales (Chair)
  • Vocal with legal background: Dª Elena Larrauri
  • Vocal: Dª María Jesús Yagüe

c) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote).

  • D. Esteban Blasco
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Programmes Evaluation Committee

The Programmes Evaluation Committee (SET - Subcomisión de Evaluación de Titulaciones) is the technical evaluation committee appointed by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, as stablished in the Article 93.3 of the Aragon Higher Education Act and in he Article 17 of the Statutes of ACPUA.

Functions:
a) Produce evaluation reports according to the protocols and methodologies determined by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.
b) Generate reports about the evaluation activity in:
- Study programmes accreditation process.
- Study programmes follow up process.
- Any other study programmes evaluation/ review established by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.

Its members will act with full independence and will approve/ be responsible for their decisions.

Composition:
a) President:  the member with highest category, seniority  and age, in this order: Dª. María Victoria Nogués Bara.

b) Vocals: six renowned experts, one for each field of knowledge:

  • Dª. María Victoria Nogués Bara
  • D. Enrique Baeyens Lázaro
  • Dª. Pilar Gómez-Serranillos Cuadrado
  • D. Celso Rodríguez Fernández
  • D. Jordi Suriñach Caralt
  • D. Mikel Urquijo Goitia
  • Dª. Ángela Morales Fernández (Higher Education Degrees in Arts)

c) A student, also vocal: D. Alejandro Callizo Silvestre
d) A secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote): Dª. Isabel Ortega Pardos

 

Members of the committee:

María Victoria Nogués Bara is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She was Vice-dean of international relations and secretary of the Faculty of Bioscience of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) to elaborate the curriculum of the Degree in Biotechnology; Coordinator of the Bachelor studies and Degree in Biotechnology of the Faculty of Bioscience (UAB); Director of the Biochemistry Unit (Science) of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (UAB). She is also evaluator for Health Sciences (ACSUG).

Enrique Baeyens Lázaro is a tenured Professor of System Engineering and Automation of the University of Valladolid and Research Director of the CARTIF Foundation. He was Research Assistant Director at the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers of the University of Valladolid; Director of the Area of Coordination with the Company (Vice-rector for teachers, U. of Valladolid); Coordinator of the Doctoral programme of Industrial Engineering (ETSII, U. of Valladolid) and member of the self-assessment Committee of that same School. His experience as evaluator in the following programmes and agencies include Research University Institutes (ACPUA); Degree monitoring (ACPUA); Research projects (ANEP and ACPUA).

Alejandro Callizo Silvestre is a Medicine student by the Universidad de Lérida, and a member of the Nationa Council of Medicine Students. He has a broad experience as QA reviewer of study programmes.

Pilar Gómez-Serranillos Cuadrado is Accredited Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy of the Complutense University of Madrid, Secretary of the Pharmacology Department of the Faculty of Pharmacy (UCM). She is also a Spanish member of the Governing Board of the Master in Physiotherapy and International Specialist in Physiotherapy (University of Cagliari / UCM); Coordinator of the Degree of the UCM "Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Care”. She has experience as evaluator in the following programmes and agencies: Degree monitoring (ACPUA); Degree evaluation (UNIQUAL and UNIBASQ); Research projects (ANR, France); Seventh Framework Programme of the EU.

Celso Rodríguez Fernández is Doctor of Mathematics and Tenured Professor of Algebra at the University Santiago de Compostela (USC). At the University of Santiago he was Director of the Hall of Residence "Rodríguez Cadarso", Coordinator of the Educational Training and Innovation Programme of the USC, Director of the Algebra Department, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Students' Vice-rector and Academic Planning Vice-rector. He has participated as a researcher in national and international subsidised projects. He is Secretary of the university teaching magazine REDU and Evaluator (degrees, AUDIT programme, etc.) of the Foundation Madri+d, AQU and ACSUCYL.

Jordi Suriñach Caralt is Professor of Applied Economy of the University of Barcelona; Director of the Institute for Research on Applied, Regional and Public Economics (IREA-UB). He was President of the Catalan Association of Regional Science (ACCR) and a member of the Governing Board of the UB, as well as Research Vice-rector and President of the Research Commission of that University; President of the Commission 2 on Social and Legal Science of the VERIFICA programme of ANECA and evaluator of the degree Monitoring Programme of ACPUA.

Mikel Urquijo Goitia is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of the Basque Country. Member of the permanent Commission of the School of Master's Degrees and Doctorates of the UPV/EHU and responsible for the inter-university Master's degree on Contemporary History of that university. He was Director of UNIQUAL, the Agency of Quality Evaluation and Accreditation of the Basque University System; Assistant Vice-rector of the UPV/EUH and Vice-dean of Academic Planning of the Faculty of Social Science and of Communication in that university. He has experience as evaluator in the following programmes and agencies: ACADEMIA programme (ANECA); research activity (ANEP); accreditation of the teaching staff (UNIBASQ); monitoring of degrees (ACPUA).

Ángela Morales Fernández is Tenured Professor of Music Expression Didactics at the Autonomous University of Madrid, she graduated in Recorder and Singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, and specialised at Bruges (Belgium) and Boston (USA). She broadened her studies in Pedagogy in the field of music at the Orff Institute in Salzburg (Austria) and the Dunakanyar University in Esztergom (Hungary). Among other management positions, she was Academic Secretary of the Music Inter-faculty Department of the UAM and she has Evaluator experience in the Social and Legal Science Commission 1 of the ANECA for the Verifica and Monitor programmes.

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Institutions Evaluation Committee

The Institutional Evaluation Committee (SEC - Subcomisión de Evaluación de Centros) is the technical evaluation committee constituted by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, as stablished in the Article 93.3 of the Aragon Higher Education Act and in the Article 17 of the Statutes of ACPUA.

Functions:
o Produce evaluation reports according to the protocols and methodologies determined by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.
o Generate reports about the evaluation activity in:
o Creation and affiliation of university centres.
o Feasibility of affiliated university centres.
o AUDIT and DOCENTIA programmes.
o Training School Certification.
o Teaching staff evaluation system audit
o Any other processed, as established by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.

Its members will act with full independence and will approve/ be responsible for their decisions.

Composition:
a) Chair: the member with highest category, seniority and age, in this order:

b) Vocals: four renowned experts.

  • Dª. Macarena López de San Román Regoyos
  • Dª. Elena Tejedor Viñuelas
  • D. Miguel Valero García
  • Dª.Gloria Zaballa Pérez

c) A student vocal: Dª. Alexandra Raijmakers

d) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote): Dª. Irene Melchor, QA and internationalization technician

Members of the Committee:

Macarena López de San Román Regoyos graduated in Philosophy and Education Science at the University of Valladolid. More information coming soon.  

Elena Tejedor Viñuelas graduated in Business administration at the University of Valladolid and was Drector of the QA Agency of Castilla León for 10 years (2004-2014)

Miguel Valero García is Professor of the Computer Architecture Department of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He was studies-coordinator and then Vice-dean (for the revision of curricula) at the Faculty of Computer Science of Barcelona (FIB). He was Assistant Director and then Director of the Higher Polytechnic School of Castelldefels (EPSC), and under his mandate the School obtained among other prizes and acknowledgements the distinction from AQU Catalunya to quality assurance policies (2006), the Flyer award to the best training centre in aeronautics(2005) and the distinction Jaume Vicens Vives to teaching quality. He was Principal Researcher in several subsidised research projects related to educational innovation and Evaluator of ANEP, AQU Catalunya and ACPUA (evaluation for the feasibility of centres affiliated and evaluator of the DOCENTIA programme). Updated: October 2015

Gloria Zaballa Pérez is Quality Director of the University of Deusto and Director of Computer Science, she is professor at the Software and Quality Systems Engineering Department at that University, where she teaches subjects such as Innovation and Development of Competences in Higher Education and Management of academic processes. She is Author of diverse publications on this subject, such as the monograph GOIEN Model of Quality in education and is a Member of the INNOVA research team. She is also advisor of the Continuous Improvement Programme of the Business School of the University of Costa Rica and her evaluating experience, includes among other programmes and agencies: VERIFICA and AUDIT, for ANECA; DOCENTIA, for ANECA, ACAP, ACSUCYL and AVAP; degree verification, for ACSUCYL; model EFQM, for EUSKALIT; monitoring of degrees, for ACPUA. A

Alexandra Raijmakers is currently undertaking the Master's degree in Higher Education at the University of Oslo. She previously studied Educational Science at the University of Amsterdam, reading her thesis “The functionalization of higher education: new public management and new networks in the European policy area “. She was a member of the students' representative Council of the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Amsterdam and her experience as evaluator includes: participating in evaluation processes with EKKA (Estonian Higher Education Quality Agency) and in the institutional evaluation programme of the EUA (European University Association). She is a member of the Pool of students with experience in quality assurance of ESU (European Student's Union).

 

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Research Evaluation Committee

The Research Evaluation Committee (SEI - Subcomisión de Evaluación de la Investigación) is the technical evaluation committee constituted by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation, as stablished in the Article 93.3 of the Aragon Higher Education Act and in the Article 17 of the Statutes of ACPUA.

Functions:
a) Produce evaluation reports according to the protocols and methodologies determined by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.
b)Generate reports about the evaluation activity in:
- University research institutes initial accreditation
- University research institutes accreditation
- Junior academic staff research activity.
-  Research projects evaluation.
- Any other processed, as established by the Commission of Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation.

Its members will have full independence and will approve/ be responsible for their acts.

Composition:
a) Chair: the member with highest category, seniority and age, in this order: D. José Bonet Solves
b) Vocals: five renowned experts, one for each knowledge area.

  • D. José Bonet Solves
  • Dª. Eloísa Carbonell Porras
  • D. Jorge Fernández López
  • D. Elías Fernando Rodríguez Ferri
  • D. Enrique Mirambell Arrizabalaga

c) Secretary: one person working at ACPUA and appointed by the Director (with voice but no right to vote): Dª. Ana Isabel Ortega Pardos

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ACPUA Team

  • Director:

Antonio Serrano 
Director
Bachelor’s Degree and Doctoral Degree in Law by the University of Zaragoza. Law Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/ Main (Germany) and Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley (USA), Federico II in Napoli and Roma Tre (Italy), Macao (China) and the EHESS in Paris (France). Coordinator of the Ph. D in Comparative History, Theory and Anthropology of European Legal Cultures (Marie Curie Training Site) in Spain. Languages: French, English, German and Italian.

 

  • Secretariat and Administrative Department:
Name Email Position
Raquel Gadea rgadea@aragon.es Secretary to Director
Esteban Blasco eblasco@aragon.es Head of Administration
Miriam Alda maldas@aragon.es Administrative Assistant

 

  • Technical Team:
Name Email Position
Ana Isabel Ortega aiortegap@aragon.es Quality  Assurance Technician
Irene Melchor imelchorl@aragon.es Quality AssuranceTechnician/ International Relations

 

Isabel Ortega
Quality Assurance Technician
Industrial Engineer with experience in business and strategic consulting in leading multinational consulting enterprises in the fields of management, technology and outsourcing. Expert in European Quality Management in the Public Administration by the AEC (Spanish Association for Quality) and Expert in Policy and Public Services Quality Control and Assurance by the Complutense University in Madrid and the AEVAl (Spanish Agency for Evaluation and Quality). Joined ACPUA in November 2006. Languages: English and French.

Irene Melchor
Quality Assurance Technician/ International Relations
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management by the University of Zaragoza. Extensive international experience in communications and marketing in education. Master’s Degree in International Management, Economics and Commercial Studies Centre, Madrid, and Master’s Degree in Secondary Teacher Training by the Spanish Distance Education System (UNED). Joined ACPUA in June 2014. Languages: English and German. Basic French.

Review Panels

The review panels are created ad-hoc for each evaluation or quality assurance processes and are always made up of experts in quality assurance with a professional activity developed outside the Aragon University System.

Appointment:
The members of the Sub-commission will be appointed by the Director of the Agency at the proposal of the Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation Commission of ACPUA.

Functions:
To act in the corresponding evaluation processes and perform the first technical judgement on the evaluation object, submitting its report to the corresponding evaluation committee who will be the final responsible for issuing the evaluation report.

In the performance of their tasks, the members of the SEC will act with complete independence and freely approve the result of their actions, and be ultimately responsible for them.

Composition:
ACPUA has a Pool of Experts/ Reviewers online where the potential evaluators register and are selected, according to ACPUA's Reviewers Selection Procedure approved the 27th January 2014.

Each review panel is created ad-hoc for each of the evaluation processes and is always made up of experts in evaluation issues whose activity is developed outside the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

The number of members of the panel is variable, depending on the process. In evaluations related to programmes or any activity with direct relationship to students, all panels include, since 2014, at least one student member. Likewise, one technician appointed by ACPUA performs the function of Technical Secretary, with the right to speak but not to vote, and makes sure that the evaluation criteria and protocols are applied correctly and consistently.

 
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