How we got to this point

In January 2018 we first put together a working group to discuss ideas for the accreditation system for pluralist economics masters programmes. This working group involved both academics and stakeholders including an expert on accreditation systems.  We are using the criteria and other proposals that came out of this this working group as a starter for discussion. This is where the initial proposals for criteria came from that have been put on the online platform here. Of course, you can agree or disagree with them and they are clearly not the end of the story at all. They are a beginning.

Since then we have come a long way, though. Throughout 2018 we have been designing a process to co-create an accreditation scheme for masters programmes taking a pluralist approach to economics which allows international engagement. We believe that it is essential that this allows input from academics and other stakeholders around the world as economics is taught around the world. Clearly the only practical way to do this is online so we have sought expert advice on and tested a whole range of platforms.

The process from here

The process we have come up with is structured in two phases, both of which are summarised in the chart and brief explanation below. If you are already familiar with our strategy you can skip this and go straight to the video where we explain how you can get involved in the first stage of the process – the online dialogue to gather ideas for criteria a programme should meet to be accredited.

Phase I

Phase I will serve to establish:

  • The criteria a masters programme should meet to be accredited (Stage 1);
  • The evidence to verify these criteria are being met; i.e. a catalogue of what can count as proof of meeting a certain criterion (Stage 2);
  • The governance structure for the scheme, ensuring its functionality (Stage 3).

To establish each of these we will go through three steps:

  1. Gathering of ideas via the online platform Your Priorities. This platform allows you to
    • make suggestions and/or
    • express your view about other people’s suggestions for criteria (January 2019), evidence (April 2019) and governance (July 2019).
  2. A more detailed discussion, using google.doc (February, May & August 2019);
  3. The settling of any remaining points of controversy using zoom calls – if need be (March, June & September 2019). Some controversies might just be easier to resolve through discussion and Zoom can be a very effective way of conducting international conversations.


Phase II

Phase 2 will serve to clarify any remaining details regarding practicalities to ensure the functionality of the scheme. How exactly this second phase is going to be structured is yet to be specified as it almost entirely depends on the outcome of Phase 1.


If you would like to get your voice heard in this project to finally bring about the long overdue systemic change in economics education, this is your chance.


…to find out how