Strategic Controlling

Glossary

The most important terms used in the degree program evaluation procedure are explained below. 

Guidelines regarding conflicts of interests

TU Berlin has compiled guidelines regarding conflicts of interests to assist with identifying suitable persons to serve as external assessors.

On-site visit

During the on-site visit, the evaluation team holds structured discussions with students, instructors, and, if necessary, other University representatives. They may also inspect classrooms and work spaces. The visit is concluded with a final assessment.

Evaluation sheet

Data-based degree program report

In this report, data are provided (metrics and survey results) to outline how the degree program reflects the quality objectives.

Report

The members of the evaluation team summarize their assessment of the degree program including the recommendation for accreditation in a report for the Internal Accreditation Committee.

Evaluation team

Every degree program is assessed by an evaluation team. Specifically, this includes:

  • At least one external professor in a relevant subject field
  • One external student
  • One TU Berlin professor from a neighboring discipline who is not part of the degree program
  • One research and teaching assistant from a neighboring discipline who is not part of the degree program
  • One TU Berlin student from a neighboring discipline who is not part of the degree program
  • As a rule, one external professional representative
  • And if necessary, further instructors (e.g. participating cooperative partners), other University members, professional representatives (such as alumni)

Self-report

This report is written by the degree program coordinator and reports on the program’s strengths and weaknesses with regards to the defined quality objectives. It is based on the data-based degree program report and teaching conferences records.

Degree program coordinator

Each faculty appoints a degree program coordinator for every degree program, who must have the right to conduct examinations pursuant to Section 32 of the Berlin Higher Education Act.

Degree program evaluation

As part of the University’s quality assurance process, degree program evaluations are conducted every six years for all degree programs. Seven defined quality objectives serve as the benchmark for evaluation. The degree program evaluation replaces external program accreditation and builds on metrics from the degree programs, course evaluation results, student and graduate surveys, as well as the teaching conference reports.

The degree program evaluation is a central component of the quality management system for academics and teaching at TU Berlin. This quality assurance instrument integrates an external perspective by including external assessors and, if necessary, representatives from the relevant Senate department, without having the procedure conducted by an external party.

Degree program participants

  • Degree program coordinator
  • Module coordinator for compulsory and compulsory elective modules
  • Representatives from the education committees and
  • student representative committees

Confidentiality agreement

All members of the evaluation team are required to sign an agreement guaranteeing confidentiality and anonymity.

Contact

Room H 1055