For the second year in a row, graduating students at Halmstad University got the opportunity to respond to a survey about their study time. This final-year questionnaire, is part of the University quality work where student influence is an important area. This year, 55 percent of the students participated in the survey, which is an increase with 15 percent compared to last year.
Feedback must be better
The questionnaire highlights both the strengths and areas of development, and the schools have already begun work to both improve and change. The survey shows that students are in general satisfied with their study time, where 83 percent agree with this statement. Although the index area called Assessment and Feedback shows 73 % satisfaction, the additional written comments reveal frustration when it comes to feedback, for example when it comes to correction of examinations. Perceived problems in the assessment of different individuals’ contributions in group work are also expressed.
Pernilla Nilsson, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Quality Assurance says, “This is of course serious, it should not be the case that we cannot keep set times and dates for correction of examinations. We must all take greater responsibility for giving feedback to the students in the way that is expected of us. The results from the last year’s questionnaire will be discussed in programme groups and the programme advisory team and this provides good possibilities for tackling the problem directly in the programme group.”
”Important knowledge for the University”
The results from the final-year survey are woven into the follow-up that is done in all programmes each year. The survey also provides good input for improvements concerning, for example, the University Library and aspects within both Student Affairs and student support.
“It is very important for us to gain knowledge regarding the students’ thoughts and experiences of their education. The final-year questionnaire, together with course evaluations and annual follow-ups, is a very important instrument in developing the quality of the education.”
All graduating students get the opportunity to participate
This year, the questionnaire was sent to students who were registered for a programme leading to a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level, and who were registered for a course in such a programme during the spring semester. From now on, however, the survey will also be conducted at the end of each autumn semester; therefore, students who complete their education in January 2021 will be invited to participate in the survey.
Full results and more reading
If you want to learn more about the final-year questionnaire, you can find the link to the external news article below. You can also read the full results of the survey in the final-year questionnaire report 2020.
The students are generally satisfied, however feedback must be better
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