Monitoring quality in higher education
EXE starts from the process-oriented perspective to look at quality in higher education.
The university colleges are under considerable pressure. Together with limiting budgets, there is a growing awareness that with an evolving population of students, the educational approach must also take a new approach. Of course, initiatives have been underway for several years, fueled by a new paradigm in which more attention is paid to the active involvement of students and the output in the light of the competence-based approach. Not entirely separate from this is the policy, the question, or the obligation to systematically evaluate programs as a basis for improvement actions.
It is in this context that the tracking system PSAI (the Process-oriented Self-Assessment Instrument for students) is highlighted. The PSAI was initially developed (from 2002) as part of a Socrates project in which colleges of higher education (teacher training) were involved from five European countries. Recent experiences in the area of action research in universities of applied sciences provided evidence about the value of the instrument to give students a voice in the assessment and the reflection on quality and to allow them to lead to meaningful improvement actions.
Once the involvement and well-being of the students has been mapped, as well as their perception of determining factors in the training, there are tools to make the learning environment even more powerful (approach). One gets an insight into where the learning environment is powerful, which elements still deserve attention, where there are still opportunities to make the learning environment more interesting. This allows a quick transition to the design and execution of suitable initiatives.