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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.

  • Vacant post, 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. Carmen Ocal García
  • Dª. Teresa Sanchéz Chaparro
  • Dª. Margarita Serna Vallejo
  • D. Ignacio Ladrero Paños (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

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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. Ana Isabel Ortega, QA technician

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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
Elías Escanero Loriente eescanero@aragon.es Quality Assurance Technician
Vacant post Quality Assurance Technician
Vacant post Quality Assurance Technician/ International Relations

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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