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Institutional Quality Assurance

Our educational quality assurance is aimed at the perseverance, supervision and improvement of the quality of our programs. In order to maintain the high level of educational quality the UG takes action itself (internal quality assurance) or is inspected by persons or institutions outside of the university (external quality assurance).

Internal Quality Assurance

The core of the UG's internal quality assurance is the systematic accumulation of information about our education, which provides signals about our educational quality. The UG has a quality assurance system that is embedded at every level of our institution and regards monitoring, reporting and providing a follow-up. The educational quality is monitored on the staff, program, faculty and institutional level. Within these cycles, information is provided by the programs, faculties and the Board of the University (e.g. evaluations, results, benefits, conversations, co-determining and advisory councils or committees). The provided information gives us an insight in what actions need to be taken in order to improve our quality standard where necessary (e.g. in-depth analyses, improvement plans, policy revisions or goal adjustments).

The cyclical approach is systematically discussed and recorded on the different levels within the University of Groningen. This includes formal rules of procedure regarding the initiation, adjustment or cancellation of programs/tracks and the preparation and settlement of government inspection. These have all been formulated in the UG Quality Assurance Protocol.

External Quality Assurance

The accreditation system and its program inspections take a central position in the external quality assurance of the UG. Programs are accredited every six years. The accreditation is a quality label which proves that the program received a positive assessment by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO). The Strategy Department of Education & Research monitors the entire accreditation process (from self-study to the request to be assessed) of all programs and advises faculties in their requests to offer new programs.

Next to the accreditations on the program-level, the institutional audit (ITK) is also part of the external quality assurance. The institutional audit is an independent research on the system the university uses for monitoring its educational quality. The institutional audit takes place every six years and is assessed by an external committee of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization. The central question of the institutional audit is if the UG's vision on education can be realized through its internal quality assurance and is able to improve its educational quality in a sustainable manner.

More information regarding the institutional audit can be found here.

The following SER-employees are responsible for the respective components regarding the Institutional Quality Assurance. More information about the Institutional Quality Assurance can be found here.

Staff Member Position Dossier
Linda Hartemink-Bolt Policy Advisor Educational Quality Assurance
Charissa Meijer Senior Policy Advisor Educational Quality Assurance
Carina Santing Policy Advisor Educational Quality Assurance
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