For the third year in a row, the quality of Windesheim's study programmes is up and the university's students are happier with the education they are getting.
The findings come from the two main independent annual studies of the Dutch higher education sector, one by Keuzegids HBO and the other by Elsevier.
Keuzegids HBO (i.e. the Higher Education Selection Guide) and the results of Elsevier's research into the quality of higher professional education programmes in the Netherlands both put Windesheim in the country's top three universities of applied sciences. The Elsevier study, which focuses on student satisfaction, ranks Windesheim third in the category of Broad-based Universities of Applied Sciences. A total of sixteen institutes come under that heading. Keuzegids HBO – an annual publication designed to help students choose higher professional education programmes – rated Windesheim the second best large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands for the second year running.
Quality and satisfaction both up
For the third consecutive year, Windesheim fared better in both studies. Keuzegids HBO gave the university 65 points, half a point more than last year. Elsevier's student satisfaction score for Windesheim went up from 31.6 to 35.8. Henk Hagoort, Chair of Windesheim's Executive Board, is understandably proud of the results. "In recent years, we've invested a great deal of time and effort in getting the quality of our programmes up to the highest level possible," he said. "To then maintain that level and even increase quality further is an enormous challenge. The fact that we've been able to do so is a real feather in the cap of all Windesheim's teaching and support staff."
HBO assesses and compares the quality of all higher professional education programmes in the Netherlands. The findings reflect students' opinions, educational statistics and the results of government inspections and accreditation audits. Not only did Windesheim achieve second place in the category Broad-based Universities of Applied Sciences, but six of its programmes were rated 'top programmes'. The six were Spatial Development – Traffic and Transport Management and HBO-ICT (both delivered by Windesheim Flevoland in Almere) and Teacher Training: Physical Education, Global Project and Change Management, Civil Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (all delivered in Zwolle). What's more, nineteen Windesheim programmes were the best or equal best of their kind in the country. That's five more than last year.
Elsevier publishes a guide called 'Best Study Programmes', which includes a league table of universities of applied sciences. The table reflects responses to one of the questions in the National Student Survey: "How satisfied are you with your study programme overall?" Of the fifty-three Windesheim programmes covered, forty-eight got the national average score or higher. That puts Windesheim in third place in the category Broad-based Universities of Applied Sciences.