The aim of the European University Association’s institutional evaluations programme is to support the strategic modification of higher education institutions by external evaluation. A self-evaluation report produced by the university is followed by two visits from an evaluation team, which prepares a report including an assessment of the situation and suggestions. Both reports are presented to a broad circle of players whose efforts contribute to the institution’s development. Within the programme, over 150 universities from 36 countries (mostly European) have been evaluated so far.
The University of Ljubljana was first evaluated in 1996. Last year, its management decided to invite another external evaluation, which is underway this year. The evaluation team made a preliminary visit to the University in early March 2007. This visit included talks at the level of the university and four of its members (EF, FE, FS and PF).
During the principal visit from 2 to 4 July 2007, the team engaged in talks with the management of the University of Ljubljana, the members of the Senate and some of the committees, student representatives, administration employees and external partners. On Tuesday, 3 July 2007, the team visited four members (MF, FF, FMF and ALUO) and talked with their management and student representatives. The preparers of the self-evaluation report orally acquainted the participants of the talks with their findings and recommendations at the end of the visit, on Wednesday 4 July 2007 at 10.30 a.m. in the Assembly Hall of the University of Ljubljana.
The EUA evaluation team is composed of former rectors and university professors from various countries. Talks with individual groups (conducted in English) involved a lively exchange of views on vital questions about the state and development of the university rather than a formal report from the participants or team members. Based on the talks, the team assessed how effectively the university’s strategic aims and its attention to quality were being realised across the institution, with consideration of its needs, mission, strategic goals, culture and the circumstances it operates in. The team’s primary task is to offer assistance and make a constructive contribution to its development.
The University of Ljubljana prepared a self-evaluation report (April 2007), in which it answered the following strategic answers, as instructed by the EUA:
- What does the institution aim to achieve?
- In what way (through which activities) is it trying to achieve this?
- How does the institution know that it is achieving its goals?
- How is the institution changing in order to improve?
- Research management and doctoral programmes (as an additional theme requested by the University of Ljubljana)
At the end of the preliminary visit, the evaluation team expressed a request for additional explanations and documents with regard to the following themes:
- The organisational scheme of the University of Ljubljana
- Funding, decision-making processes, revenue and expenditure
- Student survey on pedagogical work – a questionnaire
- Rules for the habilitation of professors
- The higher education and research system in Slovenia
- Study programme accreditation procedure
- Parallel study
- Similar study subjects in different members, cooperation between members in their implementation
- Call for enrolment, study applications
- Quality indicators
- Special achievements at the University of Ljubljana