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Quality Assurance and Commissions

The Examination Board
One joint Examination Board acts for both the Bachelor and the Master programme. The members of the Examination Board and its president are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty on recommendation of the Director of the Institute for a period of four years. The Examination Board is responsible:

  • for holding examinations and for the organisation and coordination of the examinations within the programme or the group of programmes concerned;
  • for indicating the examiner of the examinations and the subjects of the programme;
  • for the determination of rules necessary for a well organised education programme and for taking the necessary measures to that end;
  • for the execution of all further tasks entrusted to the board by the EER of the programme as:
    • assessing requests for admission;
    • assessing requests of exemption for certain examinations by students; the board grants or withholds these exemptions after hearing the lecturer concerned;
    • assessing request for replacements of a part of the study programme by another part that is, or will be, obtained outside the programme.

The Programme Committee
Each study has its own Programme Committee constituted of 4 staff members and 4 students. For more information on the composition of the current committee of the master's programme, see the website http://www.ru.nl/caos/english/ . The Programme Committee is responsible for the organisation and execution of the education programme.

In order to assure the quality of the programme, courses are evaluated digitally every 6 months by the Institute. The choice of the courses to be evaluated is discussed every year and determined by the Director of the Institute.

Digital evaluation forms for a course or a semester are published at the end of a course or after the first examination on the course's Blackboard page concerned or through the Blackboard organisation of that semester.

The Institute attaches great importance to these evaluations. Therefore, their results are submitted to the Programme Committees for discussion and lecturers are requested to use the information for reflection on the course. The Examination Board and the Director of the Institute also inspect the evaluations. Where necessary, improvements are implemented. The data, together with the performance data, are incorporated in the annual report that is established in its final form by the Programme Committee.

Summaries of the evaluations and a reaction of the lecturer involved are published on the intranet environment of the programma. This way, students have access to the results of their evaluations and can see how they are applied!