Accreditation Panel at EUC: Positive Feedback

Quality is achieved through hard work, collective effort,  critical reflection on how things are done. As an educational institution, Erasmus University College aims to achieve the highest level of quality of education and vouch for it.

Every six years all university colleges in the Netherlands go through an accreditation procedure, conducted by an accreditation panel. The panel is an external body with experts from universities in the Netherlands and abroad. As preparation for the process, months in advance the colleges provide extensive documentation and a critical self-assessment document to the panel. Just days ago, the panel had its two-day site visit at EUC.  At the end of the visit the panel presented its preliminary results and we are excited to share them.

Throughout the process the accreditation panel engaged with members of the community, both students and staff. It enjoyed a performance by our Double Degree (RASL) students and a lively meeting with the EUCjr programme.  The evaluation of the panel is based on four pillars: intended learning outcomes (EUC’s academic rules and regulations); learning environment (the way services are organized); assessment and; end learning outcome (referring to alumni).

On November 6th, the accreditation panel orally presented its main findings because the official report will not be provided before 2019. The chair of the accreditation panel expressed their genuine appreciation for the enthusiasm of the EUC students and alumni as well as of the dedicated staff. EUC is a young institution and according to the panel, there are multiple options to grow and improve. Among the recommendations made are the structural embedding of staff coaching, the possibility for a dual career track (i.e. research and/or the ability to develop professionally beyond the position of a senior lecturer). Another recommendation is the reduction of the student workweek from 50 to 40 hours to allow more time for reflection. The panel considers this important for the student’s academic development. It also thinks this will allow EUC to attract students from lower social economic groups, as time for a side job is especially relevant to them.

The presentation of the panel findings concluded with the very own words of an anonymous EUC student that our liberal arts and sciences programme nurtures its students to become “critical happy world citizens”.