29 June 2018 • HOP, Bas Belleman
NSE: students less satisfied with their degree programme
University and university of applied sciences students are less satisfied with their degree programme than last year, according to the National Student Survey 2018. The rating dropped more strongly in the universities of applied sciences than in research university education.
Every year, tens of thousands of students answer the questions in the National Student Survey on what they think of their curriculum, the lecturers, the timetables, the facilities and so on. This year, almost 270,000 took the survey.
One of the questions is about the level of the students’ satisfaction in general. Last year, more than three quarters of the university of applied sciences students were satisfied: 75.3%. This year, this had dropped by three percentage points: 72.3%. University students may be more positive about their degree programmes, but the percentage here dropped too: from 84.6% to 83.4%.
Many students would recommend their degree programmes to friends, family members or colleagues. Students were positive about their internships and the class size in education. These subjects scored an average of four on a scale of one to five: above four in research university education and below this in university of applied sciences education.
The degree programme scores drop in ‘attention paid to internationalisation’. Almost 60% of the university students are satisfied with internationalisation in general, compared to almost half of the university of applied sciences students.
The score on internationalisation is thus slightly lower than last year, but it is difficult to say what this really means. What is striking is that the appreciation for internationalisation in other related questions (such as the degree in which you are encouraged to get to know other cultures) is actually higher, according to Studiekeuze123, who commissioned the survey.
An article will soon be published in H|Nieuws about what the NSE results mean for The Hague University of Applied Sciences.