Evaluations

Evaluations form a core part of the university's quality management practices.

A number of evaluation schemes provide updated information about different parts of the organisation. The information is returned to those responsible for the study programmes, and is used to ensure and further develop the quality of the study programmes.

Evaluations at the study programme level

  • Course evaluation
    In general, evaluations must be conducted on all subjects. The Study Programme Committee decides at its first meeting in the autumn which type of course evaluation will be used for the year. A collection of suggestions for different ways to conduct course evaluations is available. The number of credits, duration, teaching methods, etc. of the courses will determine whether it is appropriate to carry out mid-term evaluation or final evaluation and in what form. The course supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the evaluation is carried out. The course evaluation must be summarised in a document and made available to the students.
     
  • Periodic evaluation of study programme
    Periodic programme evaluation is a systematic review and discussion of the various aspects of each study programme. The faculties are responsible for preparing a plan for conducting periodic evaluations of the faculty's study portfolio. External representatives from employer or community organisations, students and external experts relevant to the study programme shall contribute to the evaluations.

    Periodic evaluations are conducted at intervals of maximum 6 years. Between these major evaluations, university management will also conduct other rounds of review of the portfolio of study programmes. These reviews may have different starting points, goals and focus.

Larger evaluations and surveys

  • Study-start survey
    A questionnaire to all new students (not PhD candidates) regarding study information, recruitment, the application process, communication with the university, start-up phase and expectations of the study period. Conducted by INN in September each year.
  • Student survey – “ Studiebarometeret
    National annual survey for all 2nd and 5th year students. To be conducted by NOKUT in October each year, followed up by the university, faculties and study programmes in February.
  • Teacher survey
    National questionnaire to all academic staff every few years. Conducted by NOKUT and followed up by INN, the faculties and departments.
  • Graduate surveys
    Questionnaire to graduated candidates. NIFU carries out these, and INN carries out its own.

Evaluations of special areas and activities

  • Special evaluations
    for parts of the study programme, such as practicum and international exchange.
  • Internal or external delimited evaluations
    Individual measures that may be implemented on INN’s initiative based on circumstances that are revealed and require follow-up.

We also use other schemes from NOKUT in our local quality work, such as

  • National examinations
  • Evaluations of selected subject areas