The students' rights to participate in the evaluation of courses are regulated in the first chapter, paragraph 14 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The Education Committee has adopted a set of guidelines for course evaluations. This document also makes it clear that the implementation, documentation and following up of course evaluations is important for the quality assurance work of the University.
"continuous implementation, documentation and follow up of course evaluations are important components in Halmstad University's quality assurance work. These components seek to raise the quality of the course by improving the students learning experience, increasing student satisfaction while at the same time providing a valuable contribution to the development of each lecturer's teaching expertise. Compilation of course evaluations also documnts the lecturer's teaching experience."
It is stated in the miscellaneous local regulations for Halmstad University that each syllabus should make it clear that course evaluations will be carried out and summarized in accordance with the University's quality assurance policy. The course evaluation system has been approved by the Committee for Undergraduate Education. The guidelines take up the following points:
- Lecturers at Halmstad University have, together with their students, the collective responsibility for the development and renewal of courses. Course evaluations make up an important means in the achievement of this development.
- Course evaluations should be carried out for all courses.
- It is up to the head of school to ensure that course evaluations are carried out, summarized and acted upon in subsequent developmental work.
- Course evaluations should normally be in writing.
- The summary of course evaluations should not solely be carried out by the lecturer responsible for the course. They should also for example involve one of the school's secretarial staff or alternatively the lecturer and a student representative working together.
- Course evaluations should be carried out following the end of the course. Course evaluations should also be carried out upon completion of a course sub-component comprising 7.5 ECTS or more. A continuous follow-up process is also desirable in order to facilitate the implementation of measures during an ongoing course.
- Time should be set aside in the timetable for course evaluations.
- Course evaluations should be designed in such a way that the assessment should be directed towards matters of substance directly connected to the syllabus and that both the input of the students and lecturers should be taken into account. Consideration should be taken to the integrity of persons involved.
- The students' course evaluations should be carried out anonymously unless otherwise agreed upon by lectures and students.
- Course evaluations should be used by the lecturer responsible for teaching the course, the director of studies together with the school board and other persons concerned in terms of the continual development of the courses.
- Compilations of course evaluations should be stored in written form and made available at each respective school for all persons wishing to see the results. They should also be catalogued in diary form. Sorting should take place in accordance with the directives issued by the National Archive.
- Students should be given the opportunity in an easily accessible format to follow the extent to which their viewpoints have been observed / acted upon and also be updated as to what changes have been made as a result of previous course evaluations made by students.
- The school board should continually follow the work with course evaluations within their jurisdictions.
Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100)