On September 18-21, within the scope of the institutional accreditation process, ANQA’s expert panel is at the Gegharkunik Regional State College.
The chair of the expert panel is Armenuhi Sargsyan, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor. The members of the expert panel are Narine Sirekanyan, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, head of the programmes at the National Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the RA Ministry of Economy, Seda Khachatryan, teacher at the Yerevan State College of Light Industry, Mikayel Grigoryan, a third-year student at the Department of Computing for Software and Automated Systems of the French College in Armenia.
The coordinator of the expert panel is Liana Alaverdyan, assistant to ANQA’s director.
Prior to the site visit, the expert panel had studied the education institution's self-evaluation report, the documents attached and carried out desk review.
During the site visit the expert panel had meetings with the education institution’s management staff, teachers, students, alumni, representatives of employers, the group responsible for the preparation of self-evaluation report and other stakeholders. The expert panel also conducted class observations and resource observations.
Today “professional talks” were held with the managers, teaching staff, and students of the Aps "Preschool Education", "Social Work" and "Computing for Software and Automated Systems".
The next process coming after the site visit is the preparation of an expert panel report, which points out the strengths and weaknesses of the institution and contains the recommendations of the expert panel. Based on that report, the education institution will prepare follow-up plan with a clear schedule.
ANQA’s Accreditation Committee will make a decision whether to grant accreditation (for two, four or six years) or reject it after studying the package of documents and holding meetings with the education institution’s representatives and experts.
This is the first accreditation of the Gegharkunik Regional State College. It should be noted that in 2017, ANQA conducted a pilot peer evaluation in six regional state colleges, one of which was the Gegharkunik Regional State College.