The sphere of action ranges from counseling and concept development to managment and realization of strategically important university projects in the field of quality development (QE). The staff position QE looks after the faculties when they apply the Stuttgart evaluation model (SEM) and also constantly guides and refines the system.
Quality development in studies and teaching
In 2009 the University of Stuttgart started to form a profound quality management system for studies and teaching. By 2012 the system, also known as the Stuttgart Evaluation Model, had been examined and accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Agency AAQ. Since then, the system accreditation replaces the accredication of single study programs. Hence, the University of Stuttgart was the first university in Baden-Württemberg as well as the first TU9 University which had successfully completed a system accreditation.
The Stuttgart Evaluation Model (SEM) spans three levels which are interconnected and in which different quality control loops are being implemented. At the first level, the evaluation assesses student satisfaction with teaching as well as the collaboration of courses in a module, learning achievements, and the workload. The second level examines the quality of a study program. The complete offers of studies and teaching including the supporting services (for example counseling offers, services of the Examination Office...) are in the focus of the third level.
The survey tools of the Stuttgart Evaluation Model are being examined and revised periodically. The yearly analysis of survey results from course and module evaluations confirms the high standard of quality. The current report is available within the university network.
Studieren - Evaluieren - Mitgestalten [de] (Short report)
The three levels of the Stuttgart Evaluation Model are deposited with surveys which ensure the quality of each level. The surveys of students on courses and modules are essential for ensuring quality at the first level. To ensure the quality at higher levels of studies and teaching and of study programs, different surveys are being conducted periodically such as student surveys, graduate surveys and surveys on study termination and change of study program.
The study program report contains all descriptions, documents, data and evaluations that are relevant and necessary for the assessment of goals.
Part A focuses on the "ex ante“ evaluation of the study program concept and the curricular quality of the study program. The compiled concept descriptions and documents of the study program (such as module manuals, exam regulations, admission regulations) are oriented towards the requirements of the accreditation council.
Part B focuses on evaluating the realization of the study program and the assessment of processes. For this, key figures, indicators, and survey results are used (for example statistics on study progress, graduation rates, course and module evaluations from students, current and former student surveys). Comment areas in each sub-chapter of the study program report enable a direct analysis of single documents or data and to record the comments.
Part C of the report contains a profound analysis of strong and weak points and provides for the deduction of further development measures.
Introducing further development measures
After the analyses in the study program report the faculties can introduce further development measures. Henca, the optimizing processes happen directly at the level of study programs and all parties can be included. The steps of further development measures are being documented in the study program report for the Vice Rectorate for Teaching and Continuing Education.
Tasks and use of the study program report
The study program report identifies and compiles data relevant for the quality development of study programs. It includes all relevant and centrally held documents as well as all meaningful results from statistics and surveys on the study program.
The study program report is used for
- evaluating newly formed study programs
- internal quality development of study programs
- documentation in case of external assessment of a study program
Besides the study program review two other evaluations are also part of the review process: First of all; an external consultant assesses the quality of a study program based on subject-matter and content (expert opinion). Second; the staff position quality development examines the use of the Stuttgart Evaluation Model and formal criteria (formal-organizational assessment). If necessary, study program managers may add comments to the external expert opinion.
The review commission
The final assessment of a study program is done by the review commission of the University of Stuttgart, which consists of the following members:
- the Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education,
- two representatives of the professors,
- one representative of the scientific assistants and
- one representative of the complete student body.
As part of their session the review commission seeks the feedback of students of the assessed study program. The study program receives the results of the review process in written form via the Vice Rectorate.
The study program review
- replaces an external program accreditation
- assesses subject and content related aspects of the study program (via an external expert opinion)
- assesses the obligation of the Stuttgart Evaluation Model based on uniform criteria (Assessment by staff postition QE)
- periodically documents the quality development of study programs internally and externally