DKK 9.8 million for research into degree programme quality
Professor Carter Bloch receives DKK 9.8 million for his project on strengthening the quality of higher education degree programmes. The grant is awarded by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education.
Professor of Political Science Carter Bloch at Aarhus BSS has received DKK 9,834,854 from the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education for his project ”Pathways to Improve Quality in Higher Education” (PIQUED).
The funding allows him and his colleagues to acquire new research-based knowledge about how to improve the quality of higher education degree programmes in Denmark.
“I am very happy to receive this grant. It gives me a chance to work in depth with this interesting area,” says Carter Bloch, who works at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus BSS.
“With our project, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of how to work with educational development at Danish universities, university colleges and on academy profession degree programmes. We also hope to identify which initiatives are the most effective in strengthening degree programme quality,” adds Carter Bloch.
Now he is looking forward to collaborating with Danish and international researchers as well as research environments who work on specific initiatives to improve degree programme quality.
Project description for “Pathways to Improve Quality in Higher Education” (PIQUED):
There is no single clear-cut idea of what quality is or should be in the Danish higher education system. The concept of quality is diverse and much debated. As are the attempts to measure the effect of initiatives aimed at improving degree programme quality. PIQUED (Pathways to Improve Quality in Higher Education) will provide new research-based knowledge about the quality development work, its effects and how to measure these.
The project aims to establish inclusive, context-sensitive evidence about pathways for improving the quality of Danish higher education degree programmes.
The project examines how degree programme quality is conceptualised and how it is approached through degree programme quality initiatives. Based on international research, existing quality indicators and an in-depth empirical collection of data from the stakeholders of universities, university colleges and academy profession degree programmes, the project aims to identify the factors that contribute to increasing degree programme quality.
Subsequently, PIQUED will conduct three studies of the effects of degree programme quality initiatives at Aarhus University, the Technical University of Denmark and the Metropolitan University College. These case-based studies will combine stringent quantitative methodology with in-depth qualitative analysis.
Finally, PIQUED will critically assess the existing practice regarding the documentation and assessment of degree programme quality initiatives in the educational sector. The project will develop new methods and indicators to consolidate the work on improving degree programme quality and the methods for estimating what works. In this way, PIQUED will contribute to educational development and to the decision-making process on the road towards improved degree programme quality.