The Executive Board periodically measures the quality of education provided by the University by means of a number of tools including external programme assessments, surveys among students, alumni and staff, and quantitative data on the intake, progress and outflow of students.
For incoming students, it is important to know who they are and why they have chosen a particular programme at Utrecht University. This is studied through matching tracks, which help students select the right study programme.
Opinions and experiences of current students regarding the programmes and facilities are gathered via the National Student Survey (Nationale Studenten Enquête), as well as through studies carried out directly by Utrecht University, such as one-time surveys or focus group studies. In addition to the university-wide studies, the faculties and/or programmes also conduct their own studies. The most important of these are the course and curriculum evaluations.
To find out the opinion of alumni, Utrecht University participates in the biennial national Higher Education Monitor (WO-monitor). The University also organises a survey among students who leave the University without obtaining a final qualification.