Critical friend during accreditation procedures in higher education

In 2018 Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) was looking for an independent and critical expert in the field of research, to support their university in several accreditation procedures. Since then, I have been supervising trial-accreditations for several programs in the hospitality industry with BUAS. My role is that of a critical friend during the self-evaluation process (resulting in the self-reflection report), by supporting the program research manager during that procedure and by acting as chair of the trial-accreditation committee.

Running trial-accreditations enable programs and research groups to prepare well for the actual accreditation and it improves the chance of getting a positive and useful evaluation result.