AKAST is an independent regional agency of the Agenzia della Santa Sede per la Valutazione e la Promozione della Qualità delle Università e Facoltà Ecclesiastiche (AVEPRO) which has been certified by the German Accredation Council. Its mission is to contribute to the advancement of the Catholic theological faculties and schools and to assure the quality of canonical study programmes.

The central instrument for this purpose is the so-called accreditation procedure by which the study programmes are examined with reference to their goals, internal structure and general conditions. The agency is furthermore committed to the improvement of university didactics and information exchange about latest developments.