What is quality assurance of education?
It is a legal requirement that there is a system for measuring quality in the educational institutions. In order to gain accreditation as a university in Norway, the educational institutions must have a quality assurance system for education that is approved by NOKUT(Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanninga - the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).
Quality assurance and the development of programmes takes places first and foremost through the work that the lecturers do each day. In addition, there are set procedures for student evaluation of teaching, programme evaluation and an annual audit of courses and programmes, and bodies such as the Programme Committee, an advisory council for each year (trinnrĂ„d), etc. where the quality of education is discussed. The university also trains employees for third-level education.
Who does what?
Employees and students have clear roles and responsibilities in relation to the work associated with quality of education. This includes students, the lecturer/course co-ordinator, heads of departments, the vice dean for teaching, the dean, the vice rector, the rector, the director of academic affairs and the university director. See Who does what? for more information about different roles and responsibilities.
How can you contribute to the quality of education as a student?
The University of Stavanger needs to know your opinion on the quality of your study programme. Therefore, you will be ask to participate in evaluations and surveys both as a student and after finishing your studies.
The committee and the board are central in relation to developing the quality of study programmes, and have student representatives. Important examples include: the university board, the education committee, the quality and learning environment committee, the faculty board, the quality committee and the department board. More information about the different committees, etc. can be found here: Boards and committees. Contact StOr (Studentorganisasjonen ved UiS - the student council at the University of Stavanger) for more information about how to become a student representative.
However, some things you need to inform us of may fall outside of these channels. There are several ways of informing us if you notice anything reprehensible: Let us know.