Programs Applying for Accreditation

Programs applying for the first time for accreditation evaluation by ZİDEK in the 2023-2024 evaluation period must apply to ZİDEK until January 31, 2023 (and May 31, 2023 for second period applications)

Programs without application by January 31, 2023 for the first application period and May 31, 2023 for the second application period will not be evaluated in the 2023-2024 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, forestry and aquaculture that are recognized by the Council of Higher Education of Türkiye.

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.
  • 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, Forestry, Aquaculture) 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.

2023-2024 I. APPLICATION PERIOD**
ZİDEK EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION PROCESSES

Tarihİşlem
31 January 2023*Written and online application of Institutions to ZİDEK (Application Form in Turkish)
28 February 2023Evaluation of applications (Accept/Reject) and informing those that are accepted regarding accreditation fee and payment conditions.
1 March 2023 – 31 March 2023

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

1 April 2023 – 7 July 2023Institutions prepare their Self-Assessment Reports (SAR) and submit them to ZİDEK online and in print.
7 July 2023 – 31 August 2023

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 2023 – 14 September 2023Submission of revised SARs without unconformities by the institution within 15 days
1 September 2023 – 31 October 2023Start 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
1 November 2023 – 31 December 2023Institution visit
1 December 2023 – 31 March 2024Submission 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 2023: The final date of the first application period of 2023 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


2023-2024 II. APPLICATION PERIOD**
ZİDEK EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION PROCESSES

Tarihİşlem
31 May 2023**Written and online application of Institutions to ZİDEK (Application Form in Turkish)
28 June 2023Evaluation of applications (Accept/Reject) and informing those that are accepted regarding accreditation fee and payment conditions.
1 July 2023 – 31 July 2023Institutions submit their official confirmation letters to ZİDEK and payments are made.
1 August 2023 – 10 November 2023Institutions prepare their Self-Assessment Reports (SAR) and submit them to ZİDEK online and in print.
10 November 2023 – 31 December 2023

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 January 2024 – 14 January 2024Submission of revised SARs without unconformities by the institution within 15 days
1 January 2024 – 28 February 2024Start 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
1 March 2024 – 31 May 2024Institution visit
1 May 2024 – 31 July 2024Submission 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 2023: The final date of the second application period of 2023 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 2023-2024 evaluation period, accreditation fees have been updated by the decision of the ZİDEK Executive Board in their meeting dated 28.11.2022 and numbered 2022/6.

Accreditation fees for all programs to be evaluated are presented in the table below.

Evaluation TypeNormal EducationSecond Education
General Review(1)79.690 TL + VAT79.690 TL + VAT
Interim Evaluation with Visit(2)64.900 TL + VAT64.900 TL + VAT
Interim Evaluation with Report(2)39.900 TL + VAT39.900 TL + VAT
Show Cause with Visit(3)64.900 TL + VAT64.900 TL + VAT
Show Cause with Report(3)39.900 TL + VAT39.900 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 2023-2024 accreditation period will be collected from the institutions according to the following schedule:

  • 40% of the evaluation fee in April 2023 (August 2023 for the II. Application Period) after the assessment and acceptance of the initial application and preparation of documents needed,
  • 20% of the evaluation fee in October 2023 (February 2024 for the II. Application Period) after the initial screening of self assessment reports,
  • the remaining (40%) after the institution visit**

** The remaining 40% 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

ZİDEK Self Assessment Report to be used in Accreditation Evaluation

Important Note: It is strongly recommended to carefully review the document Issues to be Considered During the Preparation of Self Assessment Report (Version 2.1-01.01.2023).