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Higher Education Development

Culture of quality

ICLON offers support on all aspects of accreditation and quality assurance.


In the self-assessment, study programmes describe their current situation with respect to the quality of their programme. 

As a rule, writing a self-assessment and preparing for an audit costs a study programme an entire year for a fulltime employee going through the process for the first time. You can hire us to assist you through the process of accreditation. 

Lecturers and policy managers can be trained in this process. We can critically examine the early drafts of your self-assessment. The result: a series of concrete and generally easy to implement proposals for improvement. 

CLON can provide support in writing a self-assessment in a number of ways:

  • by offering feedback on a concept version;
  • by writing chapters;
  • by creating a final draft;
  • by taking over the execution, so that the self-assessment is ready on time and is of a high quality.

More information

For more information or a non-binding consultation: dr. M.J.J.M. (Maarten) van de Ven and/or dr. P.P.H. (Paul) Wijdeveld.

A test audit is a good preparation for employees, managers and students to prepare for an upcoming audit or accreditation round. After the test audit, we will list your strong points and make suggestions for improvement. 

In addition to substantive feedback, we will also give you feedback on the presentation. As a result of the test audit all parties involved will be able to enter the accreditation process full of confidence and well prepared.

More information

For more information or a non-binding consultation: dr. M.J.J.M. (Maarten) van de Ven.

During the quick scan the programme or programmes are quickly and systematically scanned to assess how likely it is that accreditation will be granted. This happens by means of interviews, documents and a short electronic survey. The product of this quick scan is a report in which arguments are given for how ready the programme is for accreditation. A series of action points indicate what still has to happen.

The quick scan can take place approximately two years after an accreditation in place of a midterm review, but also just before the process of writing a self-assessment report. 

Depending on the size of the organisation scanned, an accreditation quick scan may cost from €3,000 to €6,000.

More information

For more information or a non-binding consultation: dr. M.J.J.M. (Maarten) van de Ven.

Quality assurance

n institution of higher education needs to have an educational vision. After all, such a vision allows you to formulate the results you expect from the programmes you offer. Do you wish to offer the highest possible academic level? Do you want to have your education programmes closely match your research? Or do you want to align your programme with the demands of the labour market? 

An institution that lacks a clear vision leaves too much to individual programmes or lecturers. This results in an unclear profile and an inadequate level of quality control. 
We can support you in formulating your educational vision.

Lecturers should be given the opportunity to propagate this educational vision through their teaching. This requires time and money; for instance for schooling and training, We can advise you on how to implement your vision.

More information

For more information or a non-binding consultation: dr. M.J.J.M. (Maarten) van de Ven.

A quality assurance system guarantees the systematic nature, cohesion, effectiveness and use of your quality assurance activities. A quality assurance system reflects agreements about activities, cohesion between activities, division of responsibilities and their consequences for (personnel and other) policy. ICLON can help you develop a quality assurance system that fits your organisation.

More information

For more information or a non-binding consultation: dr. P.P.H. (Paul) Wijdeveld.

Systematically asking students about their experiences and opinions regarding the study programme forms part of every quality assurance system. Such evaluations offer starting points to implement changes or improvements in teaching, should these be necessary. They also provide objective information on the quality of teaching as it is experienced by the students.

In practice, the evaluation of programme components and courses is largely done through written or digital questionnaires to be completed by the students immediately upon completion of the relevant course of component. Other methods, such as observation, panel interviews, ‘peer’ evaluations and contents analysis, may also occasionally be used. 

The assessment of a number of related study components, such as entire study year or an entire curriculum requires an approach that differs from a course evaluation in a number of aspects. In particular, the cohesion of the teaching programme plays a central role. The extent to which the components build on knowledge and skills that were acquired earlier on in the study programme. Are you able to prevent unnecessary repetition/courses with a high failure rate? How satisfied are you with the structure of the curriculum? Is it challenging/motivating enough for the students? How does it tie in with the professional field/labour market?    

ICLON offers support with course and curriculum evaluations.

More information

For more information or a non-binding consultation: dr. P.P.H. (Paul) Wijdeveld.

Designing an entirely new study programme or redesigning an existing programme requires a systematic approach. ICLON can coach you through this process. The result is not only a new curriculum, but also the necessary chapters for the Application for a New Programme of the NVAO (see under accreditation).

Het ontwikkelen van een geheel nieuwe opleiding of het herontwerpen van een bestaande opleiding, vraagt om een systematische aanpak. Het ICLON kan u hierbij begeleiden. Resultaat is niet alleen een nieuw curriculum, het levert u tegelijkertijd de noodzakelijke hoofdstukken voor de Aanvraag Nieuwe opleiding voor de NVAO (zie bij accreditatie).

More information

For more information or an non-binding consultation: dr. P.P.H. (Paul) Wijdeveld.

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