Office for Research and Higher Education Assessment (HCERES)
The Office for Research and Higher Education assessment (Haut conseil de l’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur - HCERES) succeeded in December 2013 to the former evaluation body known as AERES.
HCERES is an independent body, whose aim is to evaluate the higher education institutions and Public Sector Research Establishments (PSRE), research units as well as staff. Its missions include the definition of quality assessment criteria, publication of evaluation procedures and ensuring the transparency and accountability of evaluations.
HCERES has the responsibilities to:
Evaluate higher education institutions, research institutions and the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR, research funding body);
Evaluate research units of HEIs and research institutions when requested by them;
Evaluate HEIs’ curricula and academic awards;
Control the evaluation of research and higher education staff undertaken by their own institutions;
Control the adequate promotion of activities of public understanding of science in the researchers’ careers;
Control the proper use of public funding for research and higher education by public research units and private organisations.
HCERES increasingly works with international Quality Assurance Agencies and participates to the evaluation of international research of HEIs.
The HCERES members are high level individuals who are either nominated or suggested by researchers’ representative associations and remain in place for a duration of 4 years.
Totalling 30 people, the representation is split as follows:
18 researchers, engineers or lecturers;
2 students representatives;
9 representatives of the private and international quality assurance agencies, and can be French or non-French citizens;
1 Member of Parliament and 1 Senator.