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Roles in QAE
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Students' role in the quality assurance of education

As a student at NMBU, you have the opportunity to help the University offer an outstanding education. The University shall be characterised by a high quality of education and shall work continuously on quality improvements in teaching and supervision.

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To offer an outstanding education, NMBU depends on active and involved students who offer constructive feedback on teaching, supervision, courses and programmes.

Participate in student evaluations

Course evaluation

All courses shall be evaluated each time they are offered. As a student you shall be offered to participate in both a formative evaluation during the course (organized by the course responsible or lecturer) and a summative evaluation at the end of the course (organized by the central administration). In the evaluation, you can provide your input and assessments of the courses you are registered for. The course coordinator prepares a course report based on these evaluations and their own assessments. The reports will be available online (course reports).  The results of course evaluations prior to the academic year 2016/17 at Campus Ås are available at Athene.

Read more about course evaluations.

Programme evaluation

All programmes must report annually on the status of their work on quality. The report shall be prepared by the persons working in the programme and shall be discussed both by the Faculty Academic Affairs Committee (FAK-SU) and Faculty Board before being approved.
Student participation is generally ensured by the permanent student representatives on Faculty Academic Affairs Committee (FAK-SU) and Faculty Board. In cases where there is no Programme Committee/Council, the Student Council shall ensure that students affiliated with the programme have considered the report. Ongoing feedback to students about results and any changes made are an important part of the follow-up of the evaluation.

All programmes must go through a more extensive evaluation by external peers every 7-10 years. Students shall be represented in the Faculty project group that works on the documentation for the evaluation (self-evaluation report, goals for the evaluation, proposed evaluation committee and work on the follow-up of the evaluation). A student shall also sit on the evaluation committee. Student participation is also ensured through the permanent presence of student representatives in the Faculty Board and Faculty Academic Affairs Committee, which are also involved in this process.

Read more about programme evaluation.

Speak up.....

All students shall provide feedback about teaching, courses or programmes directly to the lecturer, course coordinator or programme coordinator. All issues shall be sought resolved at the lowest organisational level possible: to the extent possible, the lecturer, course coordinator, programme coordinator or Faculty shall resolve the learning environment issues that fall under their area of responsibility. If this does not succeed, you can bring the issue to the next level of the hierarchy or get help from student representatives to bring the case to the appropriate forums at the Faculty (Programme Committee or Faculty Academic Affairs Committee). If this does not succeed or if the issue is of such a character that it is difficult to bring it to these forums, you can choose to report it in the non-compliance system for quality of education. Read more about speaking up about teaching, the learning environment and the quality of education (Report deviation - Speak up!and the channels available to you as a student.

Surveys about student satisfaction, the learning environment and the quality of education

The University conducts its own surveys and evaluations of student satisfaction, the learning environment and the quality of education, and also participates in national surveys and evaluations about these issues. The Ministry of Education and Research, through NOKUT, conducts the "Studiebarometeret" survey each year. In this survey, students in the last year of a bachelor's or master's degree programme can provide their assessments of a number of parameters. The universities are responsible for following up on the findings from this survey, and the more students fill it in, the better suited the results are for assessing the correct measures to take.

Participate in student democracy

Each Faculty has a Student Council consisting of class representatives from all classes in the department, and there are also student representatives in the Faculty Academic Affairs Committee , in the Faculty Boards and in the Faculty Research Committee. Furthermore, the student committees have their own contact person on the Student Board. The Student Council addresses relevant topics and issues in their department and discusses cases to be addressed by the Student Parliament. Each Student Council elects representatives for the Student Parliament, and these provide the contact between the central student democracy and the local student democracy in each Faculty.

You can use the student democracy at NMBU to promote your views to the institution and to the University Foundation for Student Life.  

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Published 31. October 2016 - 18:12 - Updated 3. April 2018 - 13:20