The Quality Office – the operational arm of the Quality Promotion Committee – is an advisory and proactive body that supports the Rector in promoting a culture of quality in all the sectors and departments of the Athenaeum. The Office is managed by Fr. Dominic Farrell, LC, extraordinary professor (professore straordinario) of the Faculty of Philosophy. The Office deals with internal quality assessment processes with a view to promoting and improving a culture of quality within the Athenaeum.
It is worth stressing the annual painstaking activity of the Office in administering service quality assessment forms and analysing their results. Currently, the Office is institutionalising internal assessment processes in view of the next assessment cycle and in the light of the experience acquired so far.
Ecclesia semper reformanda! In our field, if we do not move forward, we move back. If there is no progress, there is regression. It would be against the love of the Church, against the love of God, and against the intimate essence of educational institutions to be satisfied with the status quo and not to do our best to make progress.
Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Based on the guidelines given by the Congregation for Catholic Education, each ecclesiastical university should undertake a self-assessment process on a regular basis, with a view to evaluating and improving its quality.
The assessment and improvement of the quality of ecclesiastical faculties are required by the Bologna Process, to which the Holy See adhered in 2003 and for which it set up the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (AVEPRO).
The purpose of a self-assessment is to develop a culture of quality in order to achieve the goals specified in the document of the pontifical Magisterium Sapientia Christiana and in the By-Laws of APRA.
Based on the guidelines of the Congregation for Catholic Education and AVEPRO, APRA began its self-assessment process in 2010 with a preparatory stage that led, on 10 May 2010, to the setting up of its Quality Promotion Committee, its Quality Office, and ten commissions in charge of carrying out self-assessments.
A Quality Promotion Committee, chaired by the Rector, was established in 2010. The current Committee, appointed in October 2013, consists of the following members:
Fr. Jesús Villagrasa, LC – Chairperson
Fr. Dominic Farrell, LC – Secretary and Head of Quality Office
Fr. David Koonce, LC – Representative of the Faculty of Theology
Fr. Jason Mitchell, LC – Representative of the Faculty of Philosophy
Fr. Francisco Ballesta, LC – Representative of the Faculty of Bioethics and member of the Quality Office
Fr. Michael Ryan, LC – Representative of APRA’s Institutes
Fr. Thomas Montanaro, LC – Data Book and member of the Quality Office
Fr. José Enrique Oyarzún, LC – Representative of teachers
Fr. Vincenz Heereman, LC – Representative of students
Plamena H. Petrova – Representative of the Administration and member of the Quality Office
Salvador Ortiz de Montellano – External member
Òscar Sastré Pérez – External member
To obtain guidance about and methodologies for the quality assessment process, reference was made to the text La cultura della qualità. Guida per Facoltà ecclesiastiche della Congregazione per l’Educazione Cattolica.
The process consists of the following steps:
The quality self-assessment and promotion section of APRA’s website and the newsletter of the Quality Office disseminate the outcomes of the process inside and outside the academic community.
Member of the Quality Committee