Tracking Learners’ and Graduates’ Progression Path..
Tracking Learners’ and Graduates’ Progression Paths
Start date: Oct 1, 2010,
Tracking students and graduates is of increased importance for institutions providing high quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. Procedures for assessing progress and success of students during study, towards employment or further qualification help to understand the impact of study programmes, their relevance for the labour market, and thus to generate the necessary information for systematic improvement of courses and support services. It is important for the implementation of the Bologna reforms, for the contribution of universities to LLL, for institutional governance, management and quality assurance. It is also expected to contribute to systemic assessment and subsequently identify areas for enhancement. While in some European countries efforts have been made at national and institutional level to establish or improve tracking, enhancement takes place at a slow pace and rather fragmented (Trends 2010 study). The study outlined here focuses on mapping tracking procedures currently in use, on scrutinizing institutional and policy drivers that favoured their establishment and making a first and provisional impact assessment. The study will conduct a comparative analysis through a mix of desk and qualitative field research. Main output will be a report of ca. 200 pages that aggregates and analyses the results. It will be launched at a dissemination event and widely distributed (4000 copies). The study will enhance the institutional capacity for ensuring high quality learning and training. It will contribute to strengthening the evidence base for decision making at higher education policy level, complement existing data collection through information on institutions' efforts to track progression paths and improve the understanding of the articulation between degrees and employability. The study is thus expected to underpin ongoing educational reforms and to deliver an important contribution to the realisation of a Europe of knowledge.
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