The National Reviews are about re- accrediting existing programmes offered at higher education institutions and form part of the CHE's quality assurance system. One of its aims is to increase public confidence in higher education programmes and qualifications.
This Framework sets out the evaluation and re-accreditation policy for programmes identified for national review. Since approval of an original framework for national review in September 2012, there have been two major developments affecting the approach to national reviews. One is the implementation of the HEQSF gazetted in October 2014. The other is progress by the CHE in development of standards for higher education qualifications. Qualification standards serve an important function as part of the national review process, in that the standard provides a benchmark for the purpose of the qualification and the graduate attributes that manifest it. This Framework replaces the original Framework approved in September 2012.
The National Review process is aligned with the programme accreditation system which evaluates new programmes and existing programmes. The fundamental aims of a national review are to ensure that minimum standards in programmes are met, that students are protected from programmes that do not meet minimum quality standards and that public confidence in higher education programmes is assured. To be re-accredited, programmes need to meet the national qualification standard and the programme-level criteria.