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Evaluation of education

We carry out regular evaluations with a view to improving the quality of our teaching. The programme committees and the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) play an important part in this process. In addition, a student satisfaction survey is also carried out very year: The National Student Survey (NSE).

Goal of evaluation of education

Evaluation of education is important for the quality of education. Systematically evaluating our programmes is an important tool to:

  • analyse the quality of education
  • monitor the quality of education
  • improve the quality of education

You will find the guidelines in your faculty's Quality Care Prospectus. 

The programme committee's role

The programme committees play a central part in the evaluation of education. They evaluate their faculty's courses and educational programmes. Also, they conduct alumni- and labour market research, to map what happens to the students after graduation.  

On this research they issue advice on matters concerning the teaching in the programme. When the evaluation cycle is finished, they check if their suggestions of improvement received enough attention.

Evaluation of education by external experts

To ensure the quality of higher education in the Netherlands, the independent experts of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) investigate whether the institutions have an effective quality assurance system. If the audit is favourable, the NVAO accredits the institution or the programme for a further six years. 

National Student Survey (NSE)

The  NSE covers state-funded higher education institutions in the Netherlands. The findings of the NSE give an insight into the level of satisfaction among students with their teaching experience. You can find the results of the NSE under your faculty tab on this page, or on the website of the NSE.


Please contact Marjolein Boessenkool for questions on evaluation of education.

Teaching Evaluation Framework

The Humanities teaching evaluation framework provides faculty guidelines and tips relating to module and programme evaluations. These guidelines are for teachers, department administrators and programme committees. The framework also offers instructions for how to approach students about their evaluation results, together with examples of various kinds of questionnaires that can be used for course evaluations.

Logistics of course evaluation

There is a standard procedure for the logistics surrounding course evaluations. You can find more information about this procedure in this document (only in Dutch).  It is based on a central course administration with various locations, meaning that it can be applied to all programmes. There are procedures for: a. paper evaluations; b. online evaluations.

Programme committee

Programme committees have an important role to play in the evaluation of courses and programmes, and in making recommendations for the implementation and development of modules, curricula and education policy.

National Student Survey (NSE)

Once a year, all students in The Netherlands are asked to fill out the National Student Survey (NSE). The NSE provides us with valuable feedback for improving our bachelor’s and master’s programmes and our faculty as a whole.

In the NSE questions are asked about various aspects of the study programmes, such as career preparation, academic skills and internationalization. Students can also suggest ideas for improvement. Every year, the Programme Committees discuss the NSE results. Based on this discussion, the Programme Committees draw up recommendations for the improvement of the programmes.

More information on the NSE can be found on the student website

NSE 2024: Response per programme (%)

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