Today, the third and final pilot report from the Treklöver evaluation was delivered. At Linnaeus University, it is the subjects archaeology, history and study of religion that have been evaluated and the evaluation group points out both strengths and things that need improvement.
Among the strengths, the evaluation group points out that the three main fields of study in question have strong research and well-functioning faculty meetings. The subjects study of religion and history work in an ambitious way to focus the teaching on students' learning. This is true for the designing of courses as well as for the choice of course literature and connection to expected learning outcome.
Among the things that need improvement is a clarification and strengthening of students' participation in the continuous quality assurance work. The independent projects in archaeology and history that have been reviewed by the evaluation group have shown some imperfection concerning the students' fulfillment of the goals. An analysis is requested concerning why these degree projects have been given a Passed grade despite these flaws. In addition, the evaluation group is of the opinion that a clearer knowledge concerning the expediency of the degree programmes, for the students as well as for society in general is needed. Considering the difficulty to attract students to programmes within all three subjects, it can be valuable to highlight what possibilities there are for students in their continued careers.
"The Treklöver evaluation is immensely valuable for our quality assurance work. As soon as possible, we are to initiate a dialogue with representatives for the subjects in question concerning the questions that are of specific concern for each individual subject as well as the general comments. On the faculty board, we note in particular what has been brought up concerning the organisation's and the delegation of authority's ambiguity and will initiate work to make these routines more explicit right away", explains dean Gunlög Fur.
"We are well aware of the need to strengthen student representation in different parts of the departmnets' and the faculties' bodies, as well of the flaws concerning the course evaluations and have a constant dialogue with the student union regarding what we can do to improve this", says Hans Sternudd.
More about the Treklöver evaluations
Karlstad University, Linnaeus University and Mid Sweden University have jointly, on their own initiative, carried out reviews of the quality of their programmes. The degrees concerned in this report are primarily the bachelor degrees in archaeology, history and study of religions and the master degree in archaeology at Linnaeus University. The evaluations is based on the self-assessment that was carried out by the subjects during the autumn 2016 and a selection of 10 anonymised degree projects for each subject, as well as talks with students and teachers in March 2017.
The evaluation group consisted of teachers and students from the participating higher education institutions (student representative missing from Mid Sweden University, three external members and one labour market representative. Evaluations and recommendations have followed a template with different themes.
If you have any questions concerning the quality evaluation, please contact Catherine Legrand, chairman of the quality assurance council.