What is the Purpose of EGATE?
EGATE is an advisory service for EFMD Accreditation Systems
has been designed and introduced in response to an increasing need of Schools to receive more explicit assistance when going through the EQUIS
accreditation process. It is a fee-based
advisory service aiming to enhance the quality improvement achieved during the accreditation process and, as a result, to increase the likelihood of success.
Schools often struggle to correctly assess their readiness when entering into the accreditation process or when moving on to the next process stage; they are frequently challenged to cope with increasingly demanding accreditation standards that mirror the improvement of quality in the market overall. As a consequence, Schools may encounter difficulties, which can be avoided with more explicit guidance. EGATE aims to fill that void.
EGATE is an entirely optional
service and is administered independently
of EQUIS and EPAS accreditation processes by the EFMD Global Network. It is the prerogative of the School to request support from EGATE.What Are the Benefits?
EGATE will act as an enabler so that Schools can evaluate their readiness to submit their eligibility application, handle the accreditation process more effectively, produce accreditation documents with greater clarity and address development shortfalls prior to proceeding with an accreditation project.
Examples of advice that can be delivered via EGATE are:
How Does It Work?
- Enquiry/Application: What further development steps are still needed to satisfy the eligibility criteria?
- Self-Assessment and Review: How to address the reservations attached to a positive eligibility decision; how to write a Self-Assessment Report; how to prepare and manage the Peer Review Visit?
- Three-Year Accreditation: How to develop the Areas for Improvement and what further steps are needed to achieve five-year accreditation?
- Non-Eligibility/Accreditation: How to proceed/develop in the event of failure at either the eligibility or accreditation stage?
From the EGATE perspective, the accreditation process is structured into:
• Phase 1 – Pre-Eligibility
• Phase 2 – Self-Assessment & Review
• Phase 3 – Post-Review
EGATE may be used during any of these three phases. Advisory services are provided by EGATE Advisors
with the support of the EGATE Office. Advisors are drawn from a pool of “approved reviewers”, e.g. experienced Peer Review Team Chairs and former members of the EQUIS/EPAS Governing Bodies. They start supporting the Schools on the basis of a contract. The School will be directly involved in the selection of its advisor.
The scope of EGATE Advisory, which is measured in advisory days, will vary depending on the School’s circumstances (e.g. perceived gap between the School’s current position and the desired accreditation outcome) and will be negotiated between the School and the EGATE Office. It should normally involve at least two days per year and will typically require four days per year for EPAS and six days per year for EQUIS. The School will approve the actual number.
Within any phase, the normal period of utilising EGATE is two years, which links to the maximum period of Eligibility, and the minimum period required before re-applying for eligibility. Within the constraints defined by the EQUIS/EPAS process, this period may be shortened or lengthened at the discretion of the School.
Participating institutions will be required to pay a standard rate for each advisory day. The inclusive fee covers the honorarium of the advisor and the administrative overhead of EFMD Global Network. If advisors choose to donate all or parts of their honorarium, these funds will be used to make EDAF mentoring accessible for Schools with limited financial means.EGATE Pilot Phase Starts Now!
The EGATE System will be established and developed with a portfolio of EGATE pilot Schools/programmes.Need Further Information?
Please contact the EGATE Office (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to request further information or an appointment to discuss your specific advisory needs.