In 2011 and 2016/
Since the Bologna reforms came into effect, degree programs in Germany have been regularly reviewed by external accreditation agencies. Accreditation (the initial review), and reaccreditation (every five to seven years), are required in order for bachelor's and master’s programs to be state approved. In addition to reviewing the quality of degree programs, the accreditation process also verifies compliance with the formal standards set by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and with European standards.
The bachelor’s and master’s programs in Economics at the University of Mannheim were first accredited in 2011, without any stipulations. The first reaccreditation process for both programs was carried out in the spring semester 2016. The Accreditation Commission at the evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg (evalag), an accreditation agency in Baden-Württemberg, reaccredited both programs in February 2017 without any stipulations or recommendations for improvement.
The following points were made in the accreditation committee’s summary report:
The committee acknowledged the efforts made by the university management, the persons responsible for each program, and the teachers, regarding the design, organization and development of the degree programs. The visit to the Department highlighted the excellent study conditions and infrastructure, and outstanding human resources.
The committee could clearly see that the Department had taken the recommendations made by the Accreditation Commission during the initial accreditation process on board, and had successfully developed its degree programs in the period following the accreditation.
It was convinced of the sound and attractive nature of the program design due to the wide range of interdisciplinary courses on offer, the recognizable commitment from the teachers, management, and students at the university, and the extent to which the university is linked with other institutions both in Germany and abroad.
This was the first time that a study program at the University of Mannheim was accredited by evalag without the Commission making any stipulations or recommendations for improvement.