The Electrical Engineer Programme evaluated
The Electrical Engineer Programme was assessed as approved quality with reservations in the evaluation that has been done. This was recently decided by the Research and Education Board (FUN).
”The engineer programmes have a lot in common and they benefit from a joint work on quality development and training in academic writing.”
Jörgen Carlsson, Head of education, School of Information Technology
During spring, another eight of the University’s education programmes were evaluated within the framework of the University’s system for quality assurance and evaluation. The purpose is to develop both the programmes and the system itself. However, one of the programmes, Electrical Engineer, was resubmitted to the evaluation’s external experts as the committee that has evaluated the programme found it difficult to assess the quality of the programme without supplementary reasoning from the external experts.
Since then, the external experts have returned with revised documentation and the committee has been able to make an overall description of identified shortcomings and development areas for the programme. Based on this report, FUN has decided on the assessment as approved quality with reservations for the Electrical Engineer Programme.
“It is good that the 2021 evaluation round is finished and that we could make a decision on the Electrical Engineer programme as well. The evaluations are of great importance for the quality of our educations and the external experts’ input is very valuable”, says Malin Hallén, chair of FUN.
Development work has begun
For educations that were assessed as approved quality with reservations, shortcomings and development areas are handled within the framework of the annual follow-up. Actions and results must be reported to FUN no later than the Board’s first meeting in 2023.
“In the beginning of the summer, we received FUN’s decision on the evaluation of the Computer Engineer Programme. For both that programme and the Electrical Engineer Programme, the need for development is very much about preparation and support for thesis writing. We have started a development work at the School of Information Technology, ITE. The engineer programmes at ITE have a lot in common and they benefit from a joint work on quality development and on training in academic writing”, says Jörgen Carlsson, Head of Education at ITE.
Text: Lena Lundén
Picture: Anna-Frida Agardson
About the evaluations
Each education has been evaluated by an internal committee, one for each programme, which has assessed the education based on an assessment matrix and a report from external experts attached to the committees, two per committee. The external experts have specific knowledge of each area and type of training that was evaluated by the committee to which they were attached. The experts have a special task to assess the area of knowledge, goal fulfillment and research connection and they have made digital onsite visits and talked to students in the programme, teachers and working life representatives.
Each committee was chaired by a member of the Research and Education Board. The Schools have nominated members to the committees, one per programme, and all committees have also consisted of a student representative, an administrator and two external experts.
The programme evaluations are part of the University’s quality assurance system. Every six years, educations must be evaluated according to an evaluation cycle and guidelines.