Analysis of studying conditions

FAU student survey

The student survey, previously referred to as ‘FAU Panel’, is a key element in teaching and studying. This annual survey has been conducted at FAU at a central level since 2011. It provides a detailed overview of students’ opinions and what they think about studying conditions at FAU. The responses can be analysed by degree programme. The survey has now been conducted five times. Following a comprehensive revision, the FAU student survey was renamed and will be called ‘FAU-St’ as of 2016.

Revision of the survey

In 2011, the student survey was conducted for the first time across faculties and subjects. It was introduced to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the degree programmes on offer and initiate specific improvement processes in teaching. The survey was fundamentally revised in the summer of 2015 due to low participation and a high number of participants not completing the survey. It was renamed ‘FAU-St’ and more detailed questions regarding specific groups of students and study situations were developed within newly defined survey focus areas.

The questions target specific groups which are asked to answer sets of questions designed to reflect their individual study situation. The individual groups are new students, students who will graduate soon, current students, students transferring from other universities, students changing degree programme, and ‘students during transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s degree programmes.

Survey content

The survey collects information which gives an impression of the studying conditions at FAU in general. ‘FAU-St’ supplements the evaluations of individual degree programmes, lectures and seminars, and analyses of study progress based on administrative data. The student survey provides an opportunity to find out about topics such as the level of satisfaction, study situations, initial experiences at FAU, motivation and reasons, expectations, evaluations of infrastructure and service centres at FAU, promoted areas, prospects and career entry but also problems and difficulties which may be encountered at FAU. This improves the information available that can be used to evaluate the degree programmes on offer and the studying conditions at FAU.

The survey findings are an opportunity for decision-makers at FAU to use the empirical evidence as a basis to make direct contact with students and discuss specific situations in individual degree programmes and to initiate processes of change.

Publication and perspectives

From 2016, the results of the survey will be published on OPUS FAU, the University’s online publication system, under the heading ‘Studienbefragung’. The results from 2012 to 2015 are available on OPUS FAU in the FAU Panel publication series.

The results of the student survey will be presented and discussed in various committees at faculty and University level, as well as the Students’ Representatives Governing Board.

The sixth student survey will be conducted in 2016.

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