The ATHEA is committed to a developmental approach to accreditation and quality in higher education. The organisation promotes continuous improvement by working in a collaborative and cooperative manner with its members in their efforts toward achieving higher levels of quality in higher education. In keeping with this developmental and collaborative approach to accreditation, ATHEA has established a peer assistance program to assist its members in their pursuit of quality in higher education.
Mentoring services are available to all institution members of the ATHEA, regardless of accreditation status, throughout the entire accreditation process.
Upon receipt of a request for peer assistance, an ATHEA-approved peer assistant will be matched with the institution. The institution and the peer assistant will then confer to arrange the details and itinerary of the visit. If available, the institution should send relevant materials to the peer assistant for review prior to the visit (e.g., drafts of self-evaluation, outcomes assessment plan, strategic plan, etc.).The peer assistance visit can involve meetings and consultations with individuals, workshops for groups, or both.
Subsequent to the peer assistance visit, the institution will be asked to provide to ATHEA a written evaluation of the peer assistant and the quality of the peer assistance provided. The peer assistant will be available for follow-up questions and/or review of documents.
The costs of the peer assistance visit will be paid in advance by the institution. These costs include travel expenses, hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation for the peer assistants, plus a mentoring fee of 750 Euro for half a day (up to five hours) or 1,500 Euros for a full day.