24 October 2019 • HOP, Hein Cuppen
Modified student survey is reliable according to Statistics Netherlands
The National Student Survey has been presented today after extensive modification. University students are still satisfied. The internship and career preparation scored slightly higher than last year.
The National Student Survey (NSE) appeared four months later than usual and did not include the views of students about government-funded universities of applied sciences. These universities of applied sciences refused to take part in the 2019 NSE after the data was found to be unreliable. Contrary to the research universities and the private universities of applied sciences, they did not have much faith in the modification process, although Statistics Netherlands saw sufficient opportunities.
The NSE 2019 is now even more reliable than in previous years according to the commissioning party, Studiekeuze123. This was confirmed by research by Statistics Netherlands. According to the spokesperson for Studiekeuze123, Pauline Thoolen, it is a shame that the universities of applied sciences did not ultimately cooperate with the modification process, but she does understand their reasons. “We had to rely heavily on the institutions to send data, which took a lot of time and effort.”
The NSE figures show that satisfaction generally remains high among the more than 92,000 university students surveyed. They gave their degree programme an average score of 4.1 on a scale of 5, just as in 2018. They feel slightly better prepared for the job market (from 3.2 to 3.3) and gave their internship supervision a score of 3.4. The 2,000 or so students surveyed from private education providers are also extremely satisfied.
In mid-October, the Minister of Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, submitted a bill to the Lower House that makes it compulsory for government-funded universities of applied sciences and universities to take part in the NSE. Since the discussions on amending the survey for 2020 have also reached a deadlock, she fears a fragmentation of support for the NSE and that the continued existence of the national survey will come under pressure.