The first decade of working on the European higher education area
The Bologna process independent assessment. Volume 1, Detailed assessment report
Follow-Up Group (BFUG), to assess the extent to which the operational objectives of the Bologna Declaration of 1999 and subsequent communiqués have been achieved in the areas of curriculum reform, quality assurance, qualifications frameworks, recognition, mobility and social equity. It also evaluated the extent to which the operational objectives have led to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Bologna Declaration, i.e. ‘to establish the European area of higher education and to promote the European system of higher education world-wide’. The management of the Bologna Process was... also included in the study. An international consortium of researchers undertook the project from 2008- 2009. The study is not an evaluation of the entire Bologna Process as not all aspects of the process were identified as focal areas for the study. Assessments were made against official statements of goals in the selected action areas taken from the Bologna Declaration and subsequent communiqués; the study was therefore limited to the collective level of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and to national implementation. Experiences of higher education institutions or of students could only be glimpsed intermittently.