In many countries a new demand is emerging: higher education institutions should provide empirical evidence regarding the professional relevance of their study programs. In some countries higher education institutions are formally required to
conduct graduate tracer studies in order to get the accreditation of their study programs.
Besides the aspect of accountability higher education institutions are becoming more and more interested to get a systematic feedback from their graduates. Mainly the improvement of the study programmes, and more specific the revision of curricula are the core objectives of the graduate tracer studies.
Very often such studies are done on a low level of professional expertise, resulting in low response rates, much too simple data analysis and wrong interpretations of the findings. The DIES Training Course “University Graduates’ Tracer Study Course (Unitrace)” offered by the International Centre for Higher Education Research at the University of Kassel (Icher-Kassel) in Germany is targeted to people from higher education institutions who will be responsible for realizing graduate tracer studies. Participants will be enabled to conduct professional tracer studies.
Furthermore, participants will be trained in the freeware software QTAFI, a key tool developed by Incher-Kassel to prepare questionnaires, online-surveys, tables and figures for professional tracer surveys.
The participants will be trained by experienced researchers in the major steps of the studies: questionnaire development based on relevant theories and specific research questions, research methodology, organization of the field work, methods to achieve a high response rate, data entry and data editing, coding, data analysis, interpretation of findings and reporting. Participants will be accompanied and supported throughout the whole process of a tracer study.
It is expected that participants apply in a team of two members per institution. Both team members are supposed to jointly conduct the tracer study at their institution. This will enable them to support each other during the process. It is recommended that one of the team members should have knowledge in higher education policy issues (e.g. curriculum development, quality assurance, accreditation). The other team member should be experienced in empirical research projects including data analysis. Both team members are expected to attend the whole series of workshops in the training to make sure that both of them gain a deep understanding of all aspects of a tracer study to support each other.
Application deadline: July 22, 2010
Applicants will be informed by mid of August 2010 whether they are accepted.
Applications should be sent by email to:
Constanze Engel: firstname.lastname@example.org
and in copy to the respective DAAD office in your home country/ region:
Indonesia: Dr. Buchholt email@example.com
For more information, please contact:
Cooperation Affair Unpad
Jln. Dipati Ukur No. 35 Bandung
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