Programs Applying for Accreditation

Programs applying for the first time for accreditation evaluation by ZİDEK in the 2022-2023 evaluation period must apply to ZİDEK until January 31, 2022 (and May 31, 2022 for second period applications)

Programs without application by January 31, 2022 for the first application period and May 31, 2022 for the second application period will not be evaluated in the 2022-2023 evaluation period.

Programs Eligible for Accreditation Application and their Related Institutions

An evaluation application for accreditation can be made for undergraduate education programs of faculties of agriculture that are recognized by the Council of Higher Education of Turkey.

 

A program applying for the first time should have graduates before the date of application.
If a program applying for accreditation provides options to the students to complete the program, then each such option should meet all the evaluation criteria. 

In an institution which is making an accreditation application for one its programs,

  • if there is a second education program with graduates and/or
  • if there are similar education programs* which issue diplomas not different than that is of the program for which accreditation application is being made

then these programs shall be evaluated according to the following principles:

  • The applications should be made for normal, second, and similar education programs* separately
  • The institutions should prove that each of such normal, second, and similar education programs meets the ZİDEK criteria, separately.
  • Normal öğretim programları daha önceden değerlendirilmiş olmasına karşın, o sırada henüz mezun vermemiş oldukları için değerlendirilmemiş olan ikinci öğretim programları veya benzer öğretim programlarının değerlendirme başvuruları ilgili program mezun verdikten sonraki normal öğretim programlarının ilk genel değerlendirmesiyle beraber yapılır. Second or similar education programs, which did not undergo evaluation since they had no graduates at the time of the evaluation of the corresponding normal education programs was taking place, should apply concurrently with the next general evaluation of their normal education programs after they produce graduates, .

* Similar Education Programs: Programs which are in the same discipline as the engineering (Agriculture) program being applied, using a similar curriculum, and issuing the same diploma (Examples: Programs in the same discipline but instructed in another language, joint programs in the same discipline but administered jointly with another institution). Fees for these programs will be the same as those for Second Education programs.

 

Important Dates in the Accreditation Application Process are presented below for both application periods.

2022-2023 I. APPLICATION PERIOD*
ZİDEK EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION PROCESSES

Date

Process

31 January 2022*

Written and online application of Institutions to ZİDEK (Application Form (in Turkish)

28/29 February 2022

Evaluation of applications (Accept/Reject) and infroming those that are accepted regarding accreditation fee and payment conditions.

1 March– 31 March 2022

Institutions submit their official confirmation letters to ZİDEK and payments are made.

1 April– 06 July 2022

Institutions prepare their Self-Assessment Reports (SAR) and submit them to ZİDEK online and in print.

7 July-31 August 2022

Start of the assembling of Evaluation Teams by Faculties of Agriculture Educational Programs Accreditation Board (ZAK) and informing institutions regarding revisions on unconformities of submitted self assessment reports in terms of their format and/or criteria shortcomings determined during their initial screening.

Return of SARs with serious shortcomings to the institutions and informing the institutions on the decision regarding the postponing of evaluation.

1 September- 14 September 2022

Submission of revised SARs without unconformities by the institution within 15 days

1 September-31 October 2022

Start of the evaluation process for accepted/revised SARs, assembling and confirming Evaluation Teams, transfer of SARs to evaluation team members and transfer of the process to the teams and evaluation of SARs by the teams

2 November– 31 December 2022

Institution visit

1 December 2022 – 1 March 2023

Submission of the evaluation report to ZAK. Review of the report by ZAK and making the final decision. Submitting the decision to ZİDEK and the announcement of the decision

*31 January 2022: The final date of the first application period of 2022 by which Higher Education Institutions must apply to ZİDEK for accreditation of their chosen programs.

Important Note: Undergraduate Program applications must be done using ZİDEK Undergraduate Programs Application Form (in Turkish) to the ZİDEK Economic Enterprise office. Considering delays that might occur during posting, it is strongly recommended that, a digital copy of the application should be sent to info@zidek.org.tr

 

2022-2023 II. APPLICATION PERIOD**

ZİDEK EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION PROCESSES

 

Date

Process

31 May 2022**

Written and online application of Institutions to ZİDEK (Application Form (in Turkish)

28 June 2022

Evaluation of applications (Accept/Reject) and infroming those that are accepted regarding accreditation fee and payment conditions.

1 July– 31 July 2022

Institutions submit their official confirmation letters to ZİDEK and payments are made.

2 August– 8 November 2022

Institutions prepare their Self-Assessment Reports (SAR) and submit them to ZİDEK online and in print.

8 November 2021-31 December 2022

Start of the assembling of Evaluation Teams by Faculties of Agriculture Educational Programs Accreditation Board (ZAK) and informing institutions regarding revisions on unconformities of submitted self assessment reports in terms of their format and/or criteria shortcomings determined during their initial screening.

Return of SARs with serious shortcomings to the institutions and informing the institutions on the decision regarding the postponing of evaluation.

3 January 2023- 17 January 2023

Submission of revised SARs without unconformities by the institution within 15 days

3 January 2023-28 February 2023

Start of the evaluation process for accepted/revised SARs, assembling and confirming Evaluation Teams, transfer of SARs to evaluation team members and transfer of the process to the teams and evaluation of SARs by the teams

6 March 2023 – 31 May 2023

Institution visit

2 May 2023- 29 July 2023

Submission of the evaluation report to ZAK. Review of the report by ZAK and making the final decision. Submitting the decision to ZİDEK and the announcement of the decision

**31 May 2022: The final date of the second application period of 2022 by which Higher Education Institutions must apply to ZİDEK for accreditation of their chosen programs.

Important Note: Undergraduate Program applications must be done using ZİDEK Undergraduate Programs Application Form (in Turkish) to the ZİDEK Economic Enterprise office. Considering delays that might occur during posting, it is strongly recommended that, a digital copy of the application should be sent to info@zidek.org.tr

 Accreditation Fees and Payment Schedule

For the 2022-2023 evaluation period, there has been no change in the accreditation fees by the decision of the ZİDEK Executive Board in their meeting dated 07.12.2021 and numbered 2021/8. Accreditation fees for all programs to be evaluated are presented in the table below.

Evaluation Type

Normal Education

Secondary Education

General Review(1)

27.890 TL + VAT

27.890 TL + VAT

Interim Evaluation with Visit(2)

21.580 TL + VAT

21.580 TL + VAT

Interim Evaluation with Report(2)

13.950 TL + VAT

13.950 TL + VAT

Show Cause with Visit(3)

21.580 TL + VAT

21.580 TL + VAT

Show Cause with Report(3)

13.950 TL + VAT

13.950 TL + VAT

(1) First time evaluation programs or periodic evaluation of programs with accreditation, usually conducted every five years
(2) Evaluation of programs which were given a short term accreditation after their general review in their previous evaluation
(3) Evaluation of programs which were given a one year accreditation after their previous general review or interim evaluation

Fees for programs to be evaluated for a general review in the 2022-2023 accreditation period will be collected from the institutions according to the following schedule: 

  • 30% of the evaluation fee in April 2022 (August 2022 for the II. Application Period) after the assessment and acceptance of the initial application and preparation of documents needed,
  • 35% of the evaluation fee in October 2022 (February 2021 for the II. Application Period) after the initial screening of self assessment reports,
  • the rest (35%) after the institution visit**


** The rest 35% of the accreditation fee for the General Review of the programs will be collected after the documents are sent to the institution by the evaluation team.

ZİDEK Criteria to be used in Accreditation Evaluation

  • For the evaluation of all undergraduate programs, ZİDEK Undergraduate Evaluation Criteria (Version 2.3-07.12.2021) will be used.

ZİDEK Self Assessment Report to be used in Accreditation Evaluation Akreditasyon Değerlendirmelerinde Kullanılacak Özdeğerlendirme Raporu

  • For the general review of undergraduate programs, ZİDEK Self-Assessment Report (Version 2.2-03.05.202) document shall be used.

Önemli not: It is strongly recommended to carefully review the document, Issues to be Considered During the Preparation of Self Assessment Report (Version 2.0-08.04.2019).