Quality assurance and quality enhancement 2019

The reviews, evaluations and follow-ups that the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) carried out in 2019 have contributed to quality enhancement and to high quality in the operations of Swedish higher education institutions, HEIs, according to this report to the Government.

The Swedish national system for quality assurance of higher education comprises four components: reviews of the HEIs’ quality assurance processes, programme evaluations, appraisals for degree-awarding powers and thematic evaluations. UKÄ and the HEIs have a shared responsibility for quality assurance of higher education. This is of central importance for the quality assurance system.

- Many evaluations have an enhancement effect simply through writing the self-evaluation, says Stella Annani, project manager in charge of the report. The representatives from the HEIs attest to this, including in the open-ended responses in the surveys presented in this report. In addition to becoming more aware of their own operation’s strengths and weaknesses, some things can even be corrected during the work on the self-evaluation.

This report indicates the following:

  • A majority of respondents to the follow-up surveys sent to HEI contacts note that UKÄ’s reviews and evaluations have contributed to improving quality at the HEI and its programmes. They highlight the self-evaluation and the assessors’ report as drivers of quality enhancement.
  • The follow-ups of the programmes with the overall assessment under review drive the HEIs and programmes to double down on their quality assurance work.
  • UKÄ will follow up the reviewed quality assurance processes at nine HEIs.
  • Almost half of the programmes for preschool and primary education degrees will be followed up because of quality deficiencies.