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Achieving and checking the alignment between academic programmes and qualification frameworks
Start date: Dec 1, 2013,

ALIGN (ACHIEVING AND CHECKING THE ALIGNMENT BETWEEN ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES AND QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORKS) is a three-year multi-country project, under the Governance Reform, EACEA N° 35/2012, 6th call National Priorities for Joint Projects action. The wider objective of the project is to enhance the intelligibility, consistency and transferability of qualifications through establishment of mechanisms for HEIs to achieve alignment of academic programmes with NQFs and for QA agencies to check such alignment.The specific objectives target - Promoting a better understanding of HEIs and EQAs of the role of NQFs and SQFs, their structure as well as the differences between the different KINDS and LEVELS of student achievement;- Building on the capacity of HEIs to write and assess learning outcomes that define the various types of student achievement and promote student-centered teaching and learning;- Building on the capacity of the HEIs to use the QF alignment to facilitate student transfer, joint qualifications and benchmarking;- Enabling the EQAs to check whether proposed learning outcomes and their assessment mechanisms match the QF descriptors at each level by establishing mechanisms for ensuring consistency of judgments across institutions. The principle outcomes and outputs include:- Capacity building of HEIs and EQA Agencies to ensure achievement and checking alignment with NQFs; - Development of mechanisms ensuring achievement of alignment with national qualifications frameworks (for HEIs); - Development of mechanisms for checking alignment (for EQA); - Revision of 2 study programmes at each HEI and - Pilot evaluation of the developed mechanisms; - Adoption of the alignment tools at HEIs, QAA agency and governmental levels. The universities are from Eastern Neighboring Area– Armenia, Russia and Ukraine. It will allow deeper understanding of the needs of developing systems and customization to specific institutions.

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