Evaluation of education
Educational evaluations at Uppsala University
As described in the guidelines for Uppsala University’s Model for Review of Study Programmes, educational evaluations at Uppsala University are based on external and internal collegial reviews and includes student/doctoral student participation. The model is decentralised and is based on the disciplinary domain and faculty boards’ responsibility for ensuring and improving quality, which allows the model to be designed and adapted to suit local conditions. The model integrates ongoing quality enhancement initiatives and annual follow-ups with educational evaluations. All first-, second- and third-cycle (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD) study programmes will be assessed at least once every six years in a review.
In 2017, a pilot including ten study programme reviews was conducted. In December 2017, the first annual conference for reviews of study programmes at Uppsala University was conducted with approximately 190 participating teachers, students and administrative staff. The conference aims to provide an additional opportunity for constructive criticism from other colleagues and students/doctoral students at the University, and for the dissemination of good practice and lessons learned. The conference and a university-wide quality report are both parts of Uppsala University’s Model for Review of Study Programmes.
Uppsala University’s Model for Review of Study Programmes is based on the following principles. The model:
- is decentralised and based on continuous quality enhancement work
- is based on an exploratory approach to evaluations in which external peer review and collegial work forms are natural components
- promotes quality and includes student/doctoral student participation
- is stringent, i.e. able to identify and remedy deficiencies
- is as simple and cost-efficient as possible
External review ensures that the University’s programmes are subject to independent review and can be compared with equivalent programmes at other higher education institutions. Internal review by a colleague from another faculty/discipline at Uppsala University helps to call into question matters that may be taken for granted in the subject area and enhances the exchange of knowledge and experiences across the University.
For more information, contact Maria Wolters.
Swedish higher education authority´s evaluation of postgraduate education
The doctoral education is a part of the educational evaluations performed within the framework of UKÄ:s quality assurance system of higher education. Eight doctoral educations at Uppsala University has been evaluated by UKÄ during 2017 (ethics, history of religion, history, computer science, psychology, economics, art history and pedagogy), and the final decisions regarding these educations are expected during spring of 2018. The overall decision is given on a binary scale, determining whether or not the education attains a high standard. During 2018 literary science will be evaluated at Uppsala University, and in 2020 a selection of the doctoral educations within chemistry and medicine will be evaluated.
For more information, contact Therese Ljunghammar.
Swedish higher education authority´s quality evaluations, 2011-2014
At Uppsala University, 186 study programmes and examinations were evaluated in the years 2011–14. In conjunction with external evaluations of this type, support is provided. Through a continuous dialogue with the Swedish Higher Education Authority, faculties and departments receive up-to-date information about the evaluations and how to prepare for them.
Feedback is given on self-evaluations, action plans and action reports.