Quality assurance for education
In addition to the laws and regulations the government and parliament decide on, the quality work at the University of Borås follows the European guidelines for quality work, Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (short: ESG). There are a total of ten standards that concern the internal quality assurance of the education.
The goal of the University of Borås is to offer complete academic environments where research and education require and enrich each other. Further, collaboration with surrounding organizations and the society and a prioritization of sustainable development permeate the education and research activities. These environments are characterized by a well-balanced leveling between quality aspects such as effectiveness and research connection in education and an efficient use of resources in an activity that prioritize student learning.
The parts of the quality process
The illustration of the quality wheel for education above provides an overview of how the University of Borås through specific activities ensures systematic and documented quality assurance and quality development of its education. The focus of the student's learning is: We will develop a learning environment based on current research. The education must be based on research at all levels and the students must be involved in research as early as possible. Students must be given great opportunities to influence and take responsibility for their own learning. The activities are based on the three different phases of the educational process: prerequisites, implementation and results.
The prerequisites include a systematic review and evaluation of the educational activities as well as the resource allocation to education and student support at the University of Borås. Prerequisites also include the processes for ensuring the appropriate recruitment and skill development of the employees, as well as ensuring that the correct information about the programmes and courses given reach students, employees and the public.
ESG 1.2 Design and approval of programmes - Institutions should have processes for the design and approval of their programmes. The programmes should be designed so that they meet the objectives set for them, including the intended learning outcomes.
ESG 1.5 Teaching staff - Institutions should assure themselves of the competence of their teachers. They should apply fair and transparent processes for the recruitment and development of the staff.
ESG 1.6 Learning resources and student support - Institutions should have appropriate funding for learning and teaching activities and ensure that adequate and readily accessible learning resources and student support are provided.
The University of Borås conducts a systematic work with quality assurance and quality development of educational activities. The quality work is based on the Policy for Quality Work at the University of Borås (dnr 454-19), which is applied at all levels and based on a collaboration between the university's management, employees and students.
All teaching is conducted in functional learning environments, with access to appropriate premises, adequate technical infrastructure and a library with the necessary literature. The students are offered various forms of support, such as study guidance, learning support and other advisory or supportive staff. The university works together with the students and the student union to evaluate the learning environment.
The appointment process at the University of Borås ensures that the teaching staff has the qualifications and skills required for the current educational activities. Planning of needs and teacher competence is done on an on-going basis of a skills provision plan. The higher education pedagogical competence development of the teachers is supported by the Unit for Development and Research in Higher Education (HUF), while the subject related competence development is ensured through research or other competence development activities within the framework of the employment.
At the University of Borås, there are regulations for establishing, revising, suspending or dismantling courses and programmes as well as for the establishing and dismantling of the main field of studies. Development of new education is done according to an established model that ensures the relevance, research basis and quality of the education. Collegial bodies establish study plans and syllabuses and appoint examiners. Every year, a systematic review and evaluation of the education programmes offered is conducted, which is the basis for the resource allocation to education.
The University of Borås regularly compiles and publishes information about the courses offered. The information contains up-to-date information on the content of the programs, prerequisites, selection criteria, exams, labour market etc. as well as other information of importance (eg. different evaluation and examination results) for the students' choice of education.
Implementation includes, in addition to the legally secure processes for admission and issuing of degrees, what is the core of the educational activities: the students learning processes and the teachers contributions to these through teaching and examinations.
ESG 1.3 Student-centered learning, teaching and assessment - Institutions should ensure that the programmes are delivered in a way that encourages students to take an active role in creating the learning process, and that the assessment of students reflects this approach.
ESG 1.4 Student admission, progression, recognition and certification - Institutions should consistently apply pre-defined and published regulations covering all phases of the student “life cycle”, e.g. student admission, progression, recognition and certification
The University of Borås has designed legally secure regulations and processes for admission, examination and issuing of degrees. Assessment of the students' progression is based on the goals in the degree ordinance, locally formulated goals and set course objectives. The examinations are designed so that they enable both knowledge control and are a learning and development opportunity. The syllabuses ensure the goals the student is expected to achieve after completing the examination. The diplomas issued show that the student has reached the goals and course requirements established in the study plan.
The students at the University of Borås are expected to take an active role in the learning processes. The courses must therefore be designed so that they stimulate the curiosity, reflection, critical thinking and independence of the students. Through a research based education and collaboration with various societal actors, the programmes must meet the needs for the necessary knowledge and skills for both the individual and the society. They must also provide the conditions for personal development and lifelong learning.
Student support is provided in the form of career services, language support, student health, student office, study guidance, support for students with disabilities etc.
The results include the continuous monitoring and analysis that must permeate all education, and which together with the course evaluations, programme evaluations and evaluations of the educations form the basis for continuous development of the programmes.
ESG 1.7 Information management - Institutions should ensure that they collect, analyse and use relevant information for the effective management of their programmes and other activities.
ESG 1.8 Public information - Institutions should publish information about their activities, including programmes, which is clear, accurate, objective, up-to date and readily accessible.
ESG 1.9 On-going monitoring and periodic review of programmes - Institutions should monitor and periodically review their programmes to ensure that they achieve the objectives set for them and respond to the needs of students and society. These reviews should lead to continuous improvement of the programme. Any action planned or taken as a result should be communicated to all those concerned.
ESG 1.10 Cyclical external quality assurance - Institutions should undergo external quality assurance in line with the ESG on a cyclical basis.
Information concerning the educational experiences of both students and teachers is continuously collected. All courses and programmes at the University of Borås are regularly evaluated. The course and programme evaluations form the basis for the operational plans at the academies. The focus of the course evaluations is on implementation and learning, while the programme evaluations focus on the relevance and structure of the education. The academies are responsible for planning and monitoring of the respective education after the evaluation has been completed. The results of the monitorings and evaluations, as well as the consequences thereof, are reported to the stakeholders of the educations.
All programmes undergo regular evaluation with the support of external assessors. The results received are the base for the preparation of any activity plans. The purpose of these reviews is a continuous development of the quality of the education in relation to the society and current research within both the current subject and higher education pedagogy.
The activities must systematically collect key figures and other relevant information for analysis of any needs at the various levels of the university. The information is the basis for planning of the educational activities.
The systematic quality work for education at the University of Borås is regularly evaluated by the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ. The purpose of these evaluations is to ensure the quality of education in relation to the requirements prescribed by law and national quality criteria. Furthermore, UKÄ also carries out educational evaluations and thematic evaluations where applicable.
Links to governance documents and routines
The basis for the quality work at the University of Borås.
The guidelines describe the university's internal quality assurance work in education and highlight the principles, responsibilities and activities that form the basis of this work.
Describes the quality assurance system for education at the University of Borås.