Supervisory visit to Karlstad University 2007
Every year, the Legal Department of Högskoleverket (Swedish National Higher Education Agency) conducts a supervisory visit at several higher education institutions (HEIs). The purpose of these spot checks is to review if HEIs are applying the valid regulations. Another purpose is to help and support HEIs to strengthen and develop their own control mechanisms.
Prior to a visit, the Swedish National Higher Education Agency (Agency) sends a questionnaire to the HEI and the Students´ Union. The questionnaire deals with, among other things, student representation and consultation, course evaluations, course and programme syllabuses, processing times, the appeals procedure, approved leave from studies and records management.
At Karlstad University, the Agency responded positively to the new guidelines for work with course evaluations as stated in the new policy document. Course evaluations had been conducted and summarised in virtually all the courses reviewed. However, the Students´ Union thought it was generally very unclear where the summary of the course evaluations could be found and, therefore, the Agency is to review how course evaluations are dealt with in the follow-up evaluation.