A continuous evaluation of teaching and learning enables the insitution to identify its strengths and weaknesses and to describe the level of performance accurately. Evaluation is thus an important basis for the further development of the curriculum and its programmes. The evaluations are based on a regular survey among students and graduates, reinforce internal control mechanisms, and contribute to the development of systematic strategies for the development and assurance of quality. Open communication between members of the teaching staff is a vital aspect of this development of a culture of quality. The results of the various surveys supply information for internal and external reporting and form an essential part of the basis for the successful accreditation and reaccreditation of the programmes.
The organization and processing of the survey results is governed by the HfG’s Evaluation Regulations.
Evaluation of teaching
The course teaching staff engages in regular feedback discussions about the quality of teaching units. Individual teachers use standardized evaluation sheets to record interview with students about their courses. To help the organizers to tailor the content of Seminar and Workshop Weeks to the needs of participants better students have, since 2007, also been asked to give their own evaluation of these events.
Course Quality Monitoring
Since 2007 the HfG has regularly participated in Course Quality Monitoring, a representative online survey run by Hochschul-Information-System GmbH (HIS) and the University Research Cooperative at the University of Constance. This nationwide survey of students documents the quality and conditions of study at universities.
Further information at www.his.de/abt2/ab21/sqm
Survey of Graduates
Since 2008 the HfG has participated in the annual survey of graduates run by the State Statistics Office Baden-Württemberg. The survey is commissioned by the Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts Baden Württemberg, 18 Universities of Applied Sciences, and one Academy of Art in the State. Graduates provide information about the transition from studies to the employment market that allows a retrospective evaluation of the courses.
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