Quality assurance

Evaluation of education

Systamatic educational evaluations at Uppsala University

The Vice-Chancellor took a decision on 25 October 2016 on Uppsala University’s model for educational evaluations. In 2017, the disciplinary domains will begin the pilots and during a six-year cycle, all study programmes will be included in an educational evaluation.

Uppsala University’s educational evaluations aim to promote education of the highest national and international quality. The educational evaluations are based on both external and internal reviews. The external review ensures the university’s programmes are subject to independent review and can be compared to equivalent programmes at other higher education institutions. The internal review by a colleague from another faculty contributes to questioning things that may be taken for granted in a subject area and enhances the exchange of knowledge and experiences at the university overall. Teachers, students and doctoral students participate in the evaluations. 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 every six years to form a whole that supports and stimulates quality enhancement.

The background for the model is the international CrED panel’s (Creative Educational Development at Uppsala University) recommendation for Uppsala University to design a model for self-initiated systematic analyses of educational quality from a comprehensive perspective (curriculum reviews) and the new national quality assurance system. In 2015, the Vice-Chancellor therefore appointed a work group tasked with submitting proposals for a model for systematic educational evaluations. Chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Torsten Svensson, the work group consisted of representatives from the disciplinary domains, student unions and experts from the university administration, and visited all boards and held meetings with the student unions and department heads/directors of studies/programme coordinators etc. while the work was underway to discuss the preliminary proposal and gather opinions. The work group’s final proposal was submitted to the Vice-Chancellor in spring 2016, who subsequently sent it out for comment to the disciplinary domain/faculty boards, student unions, the University Library and the university administration.

For more information, contact Maria Wolters.

Swedish higher education authority´s evaluation of postgraduate education

The subject of English in Uppsala University’s postgraduate education was included in the pilot round of evaluations carried out by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitets­kanslers­ämbetet, UKÄ), and the results are expected in spring 2016. Preparations are under way at the University ahead of the evaluation of postgraduate studies. These partly take the form of a written survey. Questionnaires on postgraduate education and the postgraduate educational environment have been sent to the University’s PhD students and supervisors, and also to alumni from postgraduate education at Uppsala. The results will serve as a basis for the departments in their evaluation work.

For more information, contact Anna-Klara Lindeborg.

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.

For more information, contact Maria Wolters or Åsa Kettis.