Monitoring efficiency

We analyse the resources used by higher education instititions (HEIs) in relationship to the outcomes of their operations.

UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority) is responsible for monitoring the efficiency of the operations of the higher education institutions. The government's objective is that education and research at higher education institutions (HEIs) should maintain high international standards and be run efficiently.

The monitoring of efficiency at Swedish higher education institutions includes, for instance:

  • Looking at the way the higher education institutions use their resources and in particular developing ways of monitoring inactive students.
  • Developing methods of measuring developments in efficiency and productivity in as many of the sector´s tasks as possible.

Involves all operations of the higher education institutions

The area to be monitored is a large one as it involves all of the operations of the higher education institutions.

Swedish Higher Education Authority is looking at different phenomena in the higher education sector from the point of view of efficiency and this is undertaken in different ways depending on the theme of each separate study. We mainly use, however, existing data that we have collected as the authority responsible for statistics.

The government has stressed that Swedish Higher Education Authority assessments of efficiency should provide effective support for the work of the higher education institutions and offer the government data that can be useful for monitoring and governing the higher education sector.

Presented in a number of ways

The results of the efficiency assessments are presented in a number of ways. In some cases, the authority conducts more extensive analysis on efficiency and productivity, for instance as part of our monitoring inactive students. In other cases the authority presents summaries in which data are described and visualised using dynamic diagrams.

HEI-Explorer: Swedish Higher Education Authority views benchmarking as a vital tool for promoting efficiency. The HEI-Explorer is a tool excellent for benchmarking the highter education sector. It can be freely used to analyse and visualise data collected by Swedish Higher Education Authority and from external sources.

To the HEI-Explorer