Academic Integrity as a Higher Education Evaluation Criterion
In summer 2016, The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE), Lithuania improved methodologies regarding the evaluation of new and current higher education study programmes and university overall performance by specifying an evaluation criterion on academic integrity. The CQAHE follows these methodologies and, accordingly, organizes respective evaluations.
The honest environment for studying, namely the academic integrity supportive means such as preventive actions against cheating, plagiarism and so on, is estimated when evaluating current higher education study programmes. Accordingly, new higher education study programmes’ developers are expected to bring evidence what means they are going to use to ensure the honest environment for studying as well.
The methodology on the evaluation of university overall performance envisages to examine ethical statements and related procedures. A particular attention is paid to leaving room for students’ appeals.
The implementation of new evaluation practice has started in 2017, mostly in social sciences.