Meanwhile, the Commission’s Directorate for Research has also created an expert group on university-based research assessment that will report back in July and the OECD’s AHELO project will also pilot an international comparative assessment tool in two disciplines: engineering and economics.
The EUA Council has asked a small group – comprised of EUA President-elect Jean-Marc Rapp, Sir Howard Newby (UK) and Jens Oddershede (Denmark) – to start by considering the following issues:
• The impact of rankings and the extent to which they contribute to the quality of European higher education at institutional, national and European level;
• From a university perspective, how to use existing examples of good practice to enhance institutional learning in respect of tools that allow institutions to assess the outcomes of their teaching and research activities;
• At the policy level, how best to improve data provision at the university level to improve the quality of information in order to respond to the needs of different publics.
The group has been asked to report back with recommendations at the October 2009 Council meeting.