TRNAVA University, Prešov University and the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra may be stripped of their university status.
Slovakia’s higher education Accreditation Committee (AK) has proposed demoting them to college status. Education minister Ján Mikolaj will make the final decision as to each school’s status. Evaluation reports published by the AK this week indicated that the university in Nitra failed in just one area between 2002 and 2005: its ratio of faculty with advances degrees to first and second-year students was too low. However, in 2006 and 2007, it fulfilled the criterion, the TASR newswire wrote.
Prešov University failed on three of the six criteria. The Accreditation Committee found that it did not meet its required share of financial resources allocated to research projects based on the number of its professors, associate professors and researchers.
Trnava University met only two out of six criteria – the quality of its research and the number of full-time doctoral degree students.
Janos Selye University in Komárno also stands to lose its university status as well.
Slovak higher education institutions are required to undergo a comprehensive accreditation process every six years in order to maintain their status as universities, colleges or expert colleges.
The final results of the most recent accreditation will be published in the autumn, TASR reported.
17. Aug 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff