New report about educational leadership in Denmark

The Danish team from CFA has conducted a survey among study programme leaders in Denmark. The survey mirrors the Norwegian survey that was conducted earlier in 2016. In particular, focus is on how study programme leaders engage in quality work.

Associate Professor Ebbe Krogh Graversen, CFA (Picture: CFA) from the Danish team comments:

Associate Professor Ebbe Krogh Graversen, CFA (Picture: CFA)Although the Nordic Higher Education system seems similar by many, it was surprising to find so many patterns of similarities between the Danish survey results and the comparable Norwegian survey. Furthermore, the detected differences seem to be explainable by differences in recent priorities, developments and reforms within Higher Education.

The Danish and Norwegian teams are currently working in further exploring the similarities and differences between the two surveys and some possible explanations for such patterns.

You can download the Danish survey here (pdf, in Danish).

View also the earlier published Norwegian survey results here (pdf, in Norwegian).

More detailed comparative analysis will be conducted in the coming months.

 

Maassen presentation about quality management.

Professor Peter Maassen, UiO
Professor Peter Maassen, UiO

Professor Peter Maassen presented some preliminary insights regarding quality management at a seminar that was arranged on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo. The seminar took place on 27th of September 2016.

In the following presentation, Peter Maassen provides a presentation: “Quality Management of Norwegian Higher Education: complexities and visions on possible future developments“. Before the presentation, professor Monika Nerland introduces the overall seminar.

 

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Working paper: educational leadership in Norway

clipboard02Key results from the survey to study programme leaders have been summarized in a recent working paper published in NIFU series (available in Norwegian). The working paper presents some of the main results from the survey, which will be followed with more detailed analysis in various academic publications.

Key results include:

  • Educational leadership as a specific role is ambiguous and lacks of standardization. This can be interpreted as educational leaders lacking power, but it can also be interpreted as a flexible way to tackle complex institutional realities.
  • In a number of cases, this leadership function is instead viewed as a coordinating role, as there is little opportunities to influence academic and administrative aspects of the study programmes.
  • Educational leaders frequently co-operate with various other arenas and actors, thus the function is often enacted in a collaborative manner.

The working paper primarily maps this rather heterogeneous and complex landscape of educational leadership, highlighting key differences between disciplinary and professional study programmes. The study was sent to 1010 respondents from 33 institutions in December 2015. During the survey, 551 respondents provided their answers, making the response rate of 54,6.

The survey is first of its kind in Norway and thus provides fascinating new data to understanding the role of educational leaders in Norwegian higher education institutions, a population that has not been previously studied.

Download and read the report here (in Norwegian).

Educational leadership seminar in Oslo: presentation of first results from the survey

On 10th of June, the first results from the survey to study program leaders was presented in Oslo at a NIFU seminar. Bjørn Stensaker presented some of the key results from the survey. 

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During the seminar, the results were discussed with a panel including Andreas Snildal (NOKUT) and Therese Eia Lerøen (NSO). Commentary was provided by Eirik Welo (Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo) and Vibeke Bjarnø (Oslo and Akershus University College).

 

Survey to study programme leaders: analysis underway

As a part of Project B in this study, local quality enhancement procedures and practices are being examined. For this purpose, a comprehensive nation-wide survey was sent to over 1000 study programme leaders in Norway. The survey was sent out in December 2015 and data collection was completed in the beginning of 2016.

The survey is first of its kind in Norway, as the first report from the project identified that educational leadership in higher education on study programme level is an area that has been understudied. Researcher on the project, Elisabeth Hovdhaugen comments:

Dr. Elisabeth Hovdhaugen, NIFU
Dr. Elisabeth Hovdhaugen, NIFU

We are now underway with analyzing the survey data. In the Norwegian context, no one has this kind of comprehensive data on the staff responsible for study programmes. This is a topic that appears to have gained increased attention in recent years and knowledge about what study program leaders do is essential and much needed.

Initial results are expected to be ready before the summer.