Programme of study evaluations - for the head of the programme

As the head of a programme of study, you should evaluate your programme and report the results to the dean. This page describes your quality assurance tasks, when they should be performed and how.

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Goals for quality assurance of the programme of study #

The goal is to ensure that the programme's learning outcomes are up-to-date and appropriate, and that the courses in the programme help the students achieve the learning outcomes. The quality assurance of the programme of study should ensure that the courses are coordinated both horizontally and vertically.

Quality assurance responsibilities for the head of the study programme #

The head of the programme of study should:

  • lead the programme of study and give advice to the dean.
  • evaluate the quality of the programme of study throughout the year with the council of the programme of study.
  • create a programme of study report each year with suggestions for a plan of action.

The template for the programme of study report (doc) (odt)

IVT's template for the programme of study report (docx) (odt)

Annual evaluations #

The head of the programme of study should evaluate the study programme every year. The evaluation should focus on the internal quality of the programme of study.

Topics for the annual evaluation #

  • Learning outcomes: Are they up-to-date and appropriate? Do the students achieve the learning outcomes of the programme?
  • Courses and structure: Are there any subjects that don't contribute sufficiently to the students achieving the learning outcomes of the programme? Are there challenges in the courses and their structure that can be resolved by changing or adjusting the order of courses?
  • Need for more in-depth evaluation: Are there any challenges that might require the programme of study to be evaluated more thoroughly?

Basis for the annual evaluation #

The basis for the annual evaluation should be course reports, previous programme of study reports and appropriate statistics.

Examples of statistics: number of applications, completion and drop-out statistics and any surveys performed among students, graduating candidates or employers.

The rector should work through and send out yearly basis data to be used in the quality assurance process to the programmes of study and faculties.

The rector should complete learning environment, candidate and employee surveys every third year.

Following up on the the yearly evaluation #

The head of the programme of study should create a yearly study programme report with a suggested action plan. The head of the programme of study should send the report to the dean, and FUS or FUL for the programme of study they run. This report is part of the yearly quality assurance process. The dean will approve the action plan and follow  up on it. The head of the programme of study should follow the action plan approved by the dean.

Periodic programme of study evaluations every 5 years #

The dean should, at least every five years, ensure that study programmes are evaluated with outside input. The dean reports to the rector via the yearly quality assurance report.

Subject of the periodic evaluation #

The periodic evaluation should assess the overall quality, strategic consistency and societal relevance of the programme of study. Key topics for the evaluation are:

  • recruitment and employment relevance.
  • completion by students.
  • the learning environment and the infrastructure associated with the programme.

The focus of the period evaluation should be based on the annual evaluations of the programmes of study or specific challenges. The aim is to provide the basis for assessing whether the programme of study should be continued in its present form, be modified, or discontinued.

Basis for the periodic evaluation #

The same basis is relevant for annual evaluations of programmes of study, strategic plans, relevant analyses, national surveys and similar. In addition, it may be necessary to gather targeted data as a basis for the focus chosen for the evaluation.

As a basis for this work, the head of the programme of study should access relevant information to be used in assessing quality and measures, including course reports.

The head of the department is responsible for making sure that the head of the programme of study has access to relevant information from the department, including course reports from all the applicable courses.

Following up the periodic evaluation #

The dean reports to the rector via the quality report. Other reporting and follow-up depends on the choice of focus and what is found in the evaluation

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