Quality assurance at Utrecht University is organised at a number of different levels. Internally, the Executive Board, deans, lecturers and students address the quality of education in various contexts. In addition, all programmes are also assessed externally by an external assessment panel.
In the case of new programmes, the Executive Board assesses each programme in its planning stage. Once approved, the programmes are included in the University Register of Programmes (Universitair Register van Opleidingen, URO), which is a prerequisite for registration in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (Centraal Register Opleidingen Hoger Onderwijs, CROHO).
Degree Programme Advisory Committee
Each programme has its own Degree Programme Advisory Committee. Based on the results of the programme evaluations, the Degree Programme Advisory Committee monitors the quality of education, addresses any bottlenecks and gives advice on the development and implementation of educational policy. A Degree Programme Advisory Committee is made up of both students and lecturers.
Board of Examiners
A Board of Examiners consists of the academic staff members who teach the programme. The Board has a statutory duty to monitor the quality of degree certificates, examinations and other forms of testing. It sets up guidelines for the assessment and determination of the results and reviews applications for electives and exemptions. The Board is required to draw up an annual report. This contains recommendations that must subsequently be included in the internal quality assurance process of the programme.
Employee and student representation
The students are the customers for our product, i.e. the education we provide. More than anyone else, they are aware of the criteria that good education needs to meet. In each organisational layer of Utrecht University, students and employees provide input regarding university policy, give advice on how to improve the quality of education and research and help decide how the internal quality assurance system should be organised. This representation occurs through the University Council at the university level, and the Faculty Councils at the faculty level. At the level of the individual programmes there are the Degree Programme Advisory Committees.
All programmes are reviewed by an external assessment committee of (inter)national experts and students once every six years. Subsequently, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie, NVAO) accredits all Bachelor's and Master's programmes of Utrecht University.