In 2005, the MOE collaborated with local universities and colleges to set up the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). The HEEACT undertakes both institution evaluations and program evaluations every six years. Institution evaluations are aimed at determining if universities have carried out their respective development plans. Targeting the individual departments of universities and colleges, program evaluations focus on their faculty, teaching, research and services at large. A smaller quota of students awaits those departments that score poorly in the evaluations. Furthermore, the MOE urges local universities to secure the accreditation of various international institutions. To date the HEEACT has been accepted as a member of such international accreditation organizations as the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
The vision of HEEACT is to be "impartial and professional striving for excellence" in conducting the following missions:
1.To develop indicators and mechanisms for university evaluation.
2.To conduct higher education evaluation and accreditation commissioned by the Ministry of Education, and to advise the Ministry of Education on policy making based on evaluation reports.
3.To publish various ranking reports of higher education institutions as the reference point for the general public.
4.To hold training workshops and programs for reviewers, and to create a database of higher education evaluation practitioners.
5.To publish journals, magazines, and books on higher education evaluation in order to share higher education information with the public.
6.To promote international collaboration and exchange in higher education evaluation, and to raise the quality of Taiwan's higher education evaluation.
7.To participate in professional quality assurance organizations outside of Taiwan in order to internationalize Taiwan higher education evaluation.