Education at MDH examined in accordance with new standards

Apr 25, 2012 | Student

The results from the higher education evaluation undertaken by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV) in accordance with the new system for quality control were presented today. In relation to the new criteria, the MDH programmes in Human Work Science and Psychology have received the high quality mark. However, HSV points out certain inadequacies in the study programmes for Economics and Management. MDH has been given a chance to take action to remedy these problems within the next twelve months.

Until 2014, HSV will evaluate the quality of all university study programmes which lead up to a degree. Today’s results relate to the first evaluation out of five.

In the new evaluation system, HSV considers four different grounds for assessment: independent student projects, questionnaires answered by former students, the self-evaluations of higher education institutions, and student experiences. The universities are then graded as very high quality, high quality or poor quality.

More than 60 per cent of all Swedish study programmes, a total of 119 programmes, have received the high quality mark. A little more than 20 per cent, a total of 41 programmes, have received the poor quality mark. These will now be reviewed and have been given the chance to remedy inadequacies within the next twelve months.

The areas of study that have been examined at MDH are Human Work Science, Psychology, Management and Economics. These are the MDH grades:

• Human Work Science, Master’s degree – high quality
• Psychology, Master’s degree – high quality
• Psychology, Bachelor’s degree – high quality
• Economics, Bachelor’s degree – poor quality
• Management, Master’s degree – poor quality

-The importance of maintaining high quality in our study programmes is essential to MDH and the marks for Human Work Science and Psychology are good news for us. On the other hand, we also need to act upon the criticism that we receive from HSV. We will analyse the evaluation and use that analysis to make a list of remedial measures that we will then submit to the evaluation group at HSV for review, says MDH Vice-Chancellor Karin Röding.