Ghent University Conduct of Educational Quality Assurance
(cf. Dutch: ERGO – Eigen Regie in Gents Onderwijsbeleid en Kwaliteitszorg)
In 2015 the existing system of external quality assurance for Flemish higher education institutions was suspended. All universities and university colleges have chosen to replace the former external system with their own internal systems of quality assurance. In so doing, they have taken full charge of the conduct of educational quality assurance (cf. Dutch: kwaliteitszorg in eigen regie). At Ghent University we have decided on a model in which every six years, all our study programmes receive a so-called “peer learning visit”. A typical peer learning visit lasts one day, in the course of which a multidisciplinary team speaks with different stakeholders (students, alumni, lecturers). A peer learning team consists of Ghent University lecturers, an external expert and a student representative. By installing these peer learning visits, we want to encourage our lecturers and our students to look at study programmes beyond the familiar disciplinary boundaries in a critically-constructive way. Afterwards, the peer learning team renders a written account, structured according to Ghent University’s six strategic objectives, to the Educational Quality Commission (cf. Dutch: Onderwijskwaliteitsbureau).
The information below summarizes the report’s main points.