Key figures and quality indicators

At SDU, we have decided that a number of quantitative indicators and quality indicators should complement the requirements that the quality policy places on quality work.

The key figures and the quality indicators are all listed at programme level. The key figures are used for full-time programmes and the quality indicators are used for part-time programmes.

Key figures for quality in education for full-time programmes

Five key figures are used for SDU's full-time programmes. For each key figure, a limit value is given for when the value of the key figure is unsatisfactory.

As a starting point, unsatisfactory key figures must be analysed and explained, and a decision has to be made on which measures must be taken to correct the conditions.

The following key figures are used:

Drop-out

Definition

This key figure monitors how large a percentage of a programme’s students who have been admitted to SDU during a given year are not actively studying in the same main field at SDU on 1 October of the following year. This key figure is calculated for both Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Limit value and comparison basis

The limit value for whether a programme’s drop-out rate is satisfactory is determined on the basis of how it relates to the national average for the main field.

For Bachelor programs, a national average calculation is used, which is prepared by the Danish Accreditation Institution, and for a Master's degree program, a national average calculation is used, which is prepared by SDU using the same method as the Danish Accreditation Institution.

Satisfactory (green):

Programmes where the drop-out rate is up to and including the national average for the main field

Requires attention (yellow):

Programmes where the drop-out rate ranged from above the national average to the national average for the main field plus 33%

Unsatisfactory (red):

Programmes where the drop-out rate is above the national average plus 33%

Duration of study

Definition

This key figure monitors how many months a programme’s students in a given year are delayed on average compared to the standard duration of study.

This key figure is calculated for both Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Limit value and comparison basis

The limit value for whether the duration of study of a programme is satisfactory is determined on the basis of how it relates to the national average for the main field. A national average report is used, which is prepared by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Satisfactory (green):

Programmes where the average delay is up to three months regardless of the national average for the main field.

Requires attention (yellow):

Programmes where the average delay is between three and six months and is under the national average for the main field.

Unsatisfactory (red):

Programmes where the average delay is over nine months or between three and six months and is over the national average for the main field.

Unemployment

Definition

This key figure monitors how large a percentage of a programme’s students available in a given year are unemployed for 4 - 7 quarters (alternatively, 2 quarters) after graduation.

This key figure is calculated only for professional Bachelor's and Master's programmes. For Bachelor programmes, the transition frequency is monitored from Bachelor programs to Master's programs at SDU.

Limit value and comparison basis

The limit value for whether unemployment is satisfactory is determined on the basis of how it relates to the national average for graduates on advanced programmes. A national average report is used, which is prepared by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Satisfactory (green):

Programmes that are at or below the national average for all advanced programmes.

Requires attention (yellow):

Programmes above the national average for all advanced programmes but less than or two percentage points above this average.

Unsatisfactory (red):

Programmes that are more than two percentage points above the national average for all advanced programmes.

Teaching activity

Definition

This key figure monitors how many teaching activities are included on a programme for a given year. Teaching activities are generally defined as planned teaching where the university teacher and students are physically present together, or where the teaching is ICT-based. Teaching activities are thus lectures, exercises and workshops, for example.

This key figure is calculated for both Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Limit value and comparison basis

The limit value for whether a programme’s teaching activities are satisfactory is determined on the basis of a fixed lower limit for the number of teaching activities.

The key figure is considered satisfactory (green) when it is at least 156 hours distributed evenly over each semester, corresponding to 12 hours per semester teaching week, and when for master's programmes at least 104 hours are distributed evenly over the semester, corresponding to 12 hours per semester teaching week.

Research coverage

Definition

This key figure monitors the ratio of the number of full-time academic staff and part-time academic staff used for a programme in a given year.

The key figure is supplemented by monitoring how the ratio between the number of full-time academic staff and the number of full-time students leaving who are on a programme in a given year.

This key figure is calculated for both Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Limit value and comparison basis

The limit value for whether a programme’s research coverage, the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio, is unsatisfactory is determined on the basis of how it relates to the national average for the main field:

Satisfactory (green):

Programmes where the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio is above the national average for the main field, or where the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio is over 3.

Requires attention (yellow):

Programmes where the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio is a maximum of 33% lower than the national average for the main field.

Unsatisfactory (red):

Programmes where the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio is more than 33% below the national average for the main field.

With an additional indicator, the ratio between student full-time equivalents and full-time academic staff is considered unsatisfactory if it is 50% higher than the faculty average. Exemptions from this are programmes where the ratio between student full-time equivalents and full-time academic staff is below 25.

Quality indicators for quality in education for part-time education

SDU's part-time programmes use six quality indicators. Limit values are not used in the same way as in full-time education, but with some of the quality indicators, an indicative limit value is stated.

As a starting point, the quality indicators must be analysed and explained, and a decision must be made as to which measures must be implemented to correct unsatisfactory conditions.

The following quality indicators are used:

Intake
This quality indicator monitors how many students in a given year have been admitted to a master´s or diploma programme or other part-time programmes and single subjects. 
Number of students
This quality indicator monitors how many students in a given year have been admitted to a master´s or diploma programme or other part-time programmes and single subjects as per 1 October of a given year. 
Graduates
This quality indicator monitors how many students in a given year have graduated from a master´s or diploma programme or other part-time programmes. 
Research basis

This quality indicator monitors the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio on a programme for a given year. 

If the full-time academic staff/part-time academic staff ratio is below 1, this requires special attention. 

Learning outcome

This quality indicator monitors the students´ average satisfaction with the academic and teaching quality on a programme for a given year. 

If the average satisfaction rating is below 3.5, this requires special attention. 

Experienced quality and relevance

This quality indicator monitors the students´ average experience of the programme´s quality and thus is the relevance of the programme in a given year. 

If the average experience rating is below 3.5, this requires special attention. 

Memorandum on SDU's key figures for quality in education of full-time programmes

Read a detailed description of the key figures regarding full-time programmes

Memorandum on SDU's key figures for quality in education of full-time programmes

Memorandum on SDU's indicators for the quality in education of part-time study programmes

Read a detailed description of the indicators regarding part-time study programmes

Memorandum on SDU's indicators for the quality in education of part-time study programmes

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