Where have all the students gone? Measuring the Output of Higher Education and relating it to Student Feedback Measures

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Author(s)Dennis Mocigemba, Johann Pixner
Abstract
The University of Freiburg, Germany, has implemented a longitudinal data analysis procedure with the purpose of monitoring the retention and success rate of its students. The procedure is called the Studienverlaufsanalyse (SVA) and can be applied at different levels: university as a whole, schools, faculties, study fields, courses and majors. The SVA provides exact ratios of graduates, dropouts and still enrolled students. These rates can be regarded as basic output measures for higher education institutions and meet one of ENQA’s standards for institutional information systems (ENQA, 2007). The SVA is based upon regular student administration data and constitutes an integral part of the University’s data warehouse. This paper presents the concept and implementation as well as some applications of the SVA and discusses future advancements. An empirical example shows how the SVA can be integrated into the
University’s system of Quality Assurance by relating dropout rates to student evaluations of academic satisfaction and teaching quality.
CategoriesQuality of HE » 2008 3rd EQAF