Internal quality assurance
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) has chosen to place the responsibility for the internal quality assurance of the degree programmes largely where it belongs: with the faculties themselves. Each faculty has organised internal quality assurance in its own way, while taking into account the requirements of the National Accreditation Body (NVAO).
Good education is characterised by satisfied students and an effective route to a valuable diploma. Part of testing whether the ESHPM study programmes satisfy these conditions is the written subject assessment of educational content that is completed by the students in every subject at the end of the term. In addition to regular courses, internships, essays, skills training and graduation routes are also evaluated. These assessments mostly serve to compile information about how satisfied students are with the education provided.
Study programme assessments
Study programme assessments are also held at the end of each academic year for soon-to-be graduates to gather information about student satisfaction with the ESHPM programmes. In addition to collecting quantitative data by means of questionnaires, ESHPM also obtains qualitative information about the education provided. For example, each programme works with student panels, consisting of students, course coordinators and programme coordinators who assess the education provided during a term so that education-related improvements can be implemented, if necessary, during term time.
The Education Council also meets twice a year to discuss the quality of the education provided in the ESHPM programmes. The assessment results and outcomes of the education discussions are then discussed in various committees within ESHPM and, if necessary, improvement measures are implemented to safeguard and/or promote the quality of the education.
Internal interim programme assessment
EUR has also opted for a shared component of internal quality assurance: the internal interim programme assessment, in which an internal assessment must take place between two accreditation times. This system reflects an important principle behind the entire quality system, which is the notion of a cyclic process of quality assurance. In concrete terms, this means that the system of quality assurance must be set up in such a way that the accreditation time constitutes a natural step in the quality cycle. Therefore, in preparation for the external accreditation, all faculties, including ESHPM, must perform an internal assessment of the initial programmes three years before the end of the accreditation period. The aim of this interim assessment is to determine where potential problems lie in acquiring accreditation so that improvements can be implemented in a timely manner. At the same time, the focus on the quality of education gives an inspiring boost to quality assurance activities.