Supervisory visit to the University College of Dance 2008
Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) is responsible for the legal supervision of higher education institutions in Sweden. Every year, the Legal Department of the Agency conducts supervisory visits to several higher education institutions (HEIs). The purpose of these visits is to review if HEIs are applying current legislation and regulations. Another purpose is to help and support HEIs to strengthen and develop their own control mechanisms.
Prior to a visit, the Agency sends a questionnaire to the HEI that it should answer. In this way, the management of the HEI and the employees have an opportunity to check and reflect over their operations from the perspective of administrative legislation. During the visit, the Agency reviews how the HEI is applying the regulations that apply to higher education, among other means by conducting spot checks. In addition, the Agency receives valuable input from the HEI and a good insight into the operations and practical problems facing the HEI and how these problems are solved.
The legal rights of students are a particularly important element of the Agency´s supervisory work. Prior to a supervisory visit by the Agency, the Students´ Union also receives a questionnaire to fill in and present their views to the Agency. This includes questions about student influence, course evaluations, syllabuses for course and study programmes, and study leave.
The aim of the Agency is for supervisory visits to be a support for the management of HEIs to help them to improve their operations.
The Agency has the intention of revisiting any HEI with shortcoming in order to follow up if appropriate measures have been taken. This visit should take place after one year.
In most cases, a compilation of student evaluations does not exist at the University College of Dance. For some study programmes, the course evaluations take place at the end of every term or academic year. Course evaluations should take place at the end of every course.
The decision makers at the University College of Dance have a close and good informal contact with students. However, if the university college developed procedures in cooperation with the Students´ Union, it would be possible to agree on the types of matters students would like to have an input into.