Initial Institutional Quality Assessment positive
The University is working hard on its renewed accreditation for the Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment (IQA). A research panel from the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) conducted an exploratory visit on 22 and 23 January. The panel responded positively following their initial interviews with students, researchers and support staff. A more in-depth visit will take place in late February.
The Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment (IQA) is conducted every six years to assess the quality of the programmes offered by our University. The assessment is based on peer review (assessment carried out by unaffiliated experts). This means that a committee examines whether the University has an effective system in place to guarantee educational quality; based on this assessment, the degree programmes can then go through a more limited accreditation procedure.
During the exploratory visit on 22 and 23 January, the research panel spoke with around 50 employees and 25 students. All aspects of our educational quality were addressed: from student facilities up to the evaluation process for individual courses and our staff policy. In addition, much attention was devoted to the University’s new vision on teaching and learning and how it is being incorporated into our existing education.
In the brief, positive feedback sent to the Executive Board, the panel indicated that the people they spoke to were enthusiastic and highly motivated. The panel had a close look at how employees and students are working with the vision on education and learning; the panel had the impression that this vision clearly enjoys broad support.
Based on its exploratory research, the panel also compiled a list of subjects it wishes to delve into in greater depth. For instance, the panel would like more information about the way in which the objectives of the educational vision are operationalised, and how this will be monitored. Furthermore, the panel indicated that the University can do even more to exchange best practices between the faculties, and recommended that work pressure be kept on the agenda as a point of structural attention.
The panel’s in-depth visit for the Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment (ITK) will take place on 20, 21 and 22 February. The same panel will visit to examine certain topics in greater breadth. This will take place at various faculties and degree programmes; those concerned have already been informed. The panel will issue its final assessment after this in-depth visit.