In the year 2007, UNIBASQ signed an agreement of collaboration with ANECA for the development of the Program of Support for the Evaluation of Teaching Activity (DOCENTIA) in the Basque University System.

The purpose in launching the DOCENTIA programme is to meet the requests of the universities, and the need of the Basque educational system, to have available a model and procedures for improving the quality of the university teaching staff. The program has been designed in such a way that, within the autonomy of the universities, it orientates their activities while at the same time strengthening the increasingly relevant role that universities should play in the evaluation of teaching activity and in the development of training programs for their teaching staff.

Taking the ESG for Quality Assurance as a reference, DOCENTIA aims to ensure compliance with standard 1.5. “Teaching Staff”, which sets out that institutions should avail themselves of the means to ensure that their staff are qualified and competent to teach.

The programme is developed through several stages:

Design of the Assessment Handbooks

The universities write down the handbooks for the teaching activity assessment.

External Assessment of the Designs

In this stage Unibasq assesses the fullfilment of the specificities and criteria of the DOCENTIA programme.

Implementation and Follow-Up

Once the designs are possitively assessed, the universities start with the pilot implementation of their evaluation procedures.


After the experimental implementation of the teaching activity assessment designs and once the follow-up stage is possitively passed, the universities can ask for the certification of their assessment procedures.

Documentation of the Evaluation Scheme
Explanatory Internal Guide for the DOCENTIA Programme in the Basque University System. (Spanish)

Unibasq has written this document based on the integration and updating of the previous documentation of the programme, following the new criteria and guidelines for quality assurance of 2015, in order to evaluate the design, monitor the implementation and certify the evaluation procedures.

Support Programme for the evaluation of the teaching activity of University Teachers. (Spanish)

Agencies involved in the DOCENTIA programme endorsed this document in 2015 to integrate and update all the information associated to the DOCENTIA programme from its establishment.

Evaluation Bodies

Docentia evaluation scheme Follow-up Commission

This Commission reviews periodically the established evaluation scheme and the framework procedure in order to improve them. It takes into account the new requirements and needs related to the teaching activity evaluation and makes the necessary changes to assure the quality of the evaluation. The Commission is made up of a president and secretary named by ANECA and a member of each of the agencies involved in the DOCENTIA evaluation scheme.

Designs evaluation commission

Commission made up of 5 to 6 members, whose función is to evaluate and, if so, approved the procedures designed by universities in order to develop the evaluation of teaching activities.

Designs implementation evaluation commission

Commission made up of 5 members, some of them should be external experts or experts who have taken part in the evaluation of the designs. This Commission is in charge of the review of the implementation of the teaching activity evaluation designs by the universities. It makes improvement proposals for the implementation of the evaluation designs and, when necessary, the recommendation to start the certification process. The composition of this commission consists of:

  • President: Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez.
  • Secretary: Eugenia Llamas.
  • Member: Ricardo Arlegi Pérez.
  • Student member: Clara Isabel Urbán Martín.
  • Technical Secretary: Idoia Collado Arrúe.

Resolution of 14th April of 2021 (Spanish)

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