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Peer Review in ROC Aventus
In the Netherlands, the Dutch partner institution ROC Aventus has implemented Peer Review in its own quality system – with eight Peer Reviews carried out to date:
In the pilot phase of the project "Peer Review in initial VET" in 2006, two Peer Reviews were conducted in ROC Aventus – in the Business, Finance & Trade department and in the Tourism & Leisure department. Meanwhile, another two Peer Reviews were conducted in the Healthcare and Welfare department, one in the Mobile Techniques department, another one in Tourism & Leisure department and two more in the Business, Finance & Trade department.
In the Netherlands there is a legal obligation for VET Institutions to have external experts look at the quality of the education provided. This has been one of the reasons for institutions to introduce ‘auditing’ as an additional part of their quality system. For ROC Aventus the audits are now replaced by Peer Reviews.
From the start, dissemination was an important element of the project, numerous presentations and workshops were held all over the Netherlands. Potential Peers and VET institutions are interested, but apart from ROC Aventus no institution has planned to actually conduct a Peer Review yet. Because of the prominent role attributed to ENQA VET concerning transnational Peer Review and the current developments on the European level VET institutions think it is wise to wait for new developments and a national support structure.
There is a QANRP, a Quality Assurance National Reference Point, there are four VET institutions who are interested in participating in Peer Review and six Peers who have shown their interest in becoming a (trans)national Peer. In fact all parties are waiting for Europe to make the next move.
Willem de Ridder