Institutional Audit on Quality of Education (ITK) update from FASoS

This year our university will be accredited on institutional level. The audit panel will visit our university for five days in the week of 22 – 26 October. What has been done so far and what is still to be done? We hereby provide you with an update about the ITK (InstellingsToets Kwaliteit) preparation process.

What has been done so far?
A quick recap: we have analysed and reviewed our education and internationalisation policy with interfaculty teams. This review has provided the input for the first draft of the self-evaluation report for our university. The recommendations of the interfaculty teams have been translated into projects, which have been taken up by many of you and your colleagues. Some of these projects were short-term and have been completed, others are long term.
Next, we have written a first draft of the self-evaluation report and examined this information with the stakeholders through a ‘heimiddag’ at each faculty. This has provided very valuable insights and examples and the needed input to create a new version of the report. Furthermore, an external advisor with extensive audit and ITK experience at other universities has been hired to be our critical friend in these last phases of the preparations.

What is still to be done?
The above reviews and discussions have yielded a clear picture of strengths and points of improvement and have led us closer to solutions. At the beginning of the preparations, we proposed to organise a complete mock trial audit with an external panel. However, going through this process has shown that we have been capable of finding our strengths and points of improvement and that what we need most is to individually prepare for this audit. The view of an external panel different from the final audit panel may be helpful, but not necessary in comparison to the time and effort it costs to organise a mock trial audit. Therefore, the Executive Board and Management Team have decided to focus on the content (the already running projects and the portrayal of the university in the report) and on the preparation of the people that will be involved in the final audit. The latter will consist of training sessions close to the audit visit date, in which the external advisor will help prepare a selection of people for the questions that can be expected in this audit (so, practicing our responses).

We will keep you updated… more will follow soon.

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