Dutch higher education programmes can present itself in the field of sustainability by applying for a special feature. A panel of experts will review the special characteristic independently or during the assessment of an existing or new programme. NVAO decides whether or not award the special feature.
The assessment of the special feature sustainable higher education gives programmes the possibility to present themselves national and international in the field of sustainability. A programme can request this special feature in two ways:
In both cases, a panel of independent experts will review the special feature during the regular assessment of an existing or a new programme or at a different time.A panel of independent experts. When NVAO decides positive on granting a particular feature, the attribute will be included in the accreditation decision. When the programme wants to keep the special feature, the feature must be reviewed at the next visitation.
NVAO charges no fee for the assessment of a special feature in combination with a regular assessment of an existing or a new programme. The rate for a separate assessment of a special feature is described on the relevant pages of the website of NVAO. The rate in 2023 for extending a special feature is EUR 950.
Whether or not an institution holds a positive institutional audit decision is irrelevant to the assessment of a distinctive feature. The panel observes the criteria and guidelines applicable to the specific distinctive feature for which the programme intends to apply.
In the Netherlands and Flanders, the board of an institution may appeal a (draft) NVAO decision.