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10/12/10  (jp)  [0 Comments]

Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands

VET in the Netherlands has to deal with a lot of important challenges and ambitions for its approximately 460.000 students. These challenges are e.g. the drop out problem, the strengthening of social cohesion, the improvement of the matching of education with the labour market, the continuous attention for quality assurance and the further implementation of competence based learning.
The quality assurance system used by most institutions in the Netherlands is the INK, the Dutch version of the EFQM approach. Peer Review is used on different levels and the Peer Team is looking as a real critical friend for answers to the questions of the institution. These questions may be at the problem finding level, to see if there are problems in certain quality areas, at the diagnostic level the Peer Team gives an opinion on the correctness of the diagnosis of a problem by the institution and on the design level the Peer Teams answers the question if the design will work. All reviews must of course be relevant, solid and the material must be efficiently obtained.
The Peer Review being a voluntary quality approach is build on the assumption of the permissive manager who has a positive regard on his staff as positive, motivated professionals.
A presentation about Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands (click to download ppt) was held in the Finnish National Quality Conference in September 2010. For more information please contact Willem de Ridder, w.deridder@aventus.nl.

Willem de Ridder

11/20/09  (jp)  [0 Comments]

Peer Review in ROC Aventus

In the Netherlands, the Dutch partner institution ROC Aventus has implemented Peer Review in its own quality system – with eight Peer Reviews carried out to date:

In the pilot phase of the project "Peer Review in initial VET" in 2006, two Peer Reviews were conducted in ROC Aventus – in the Business, Finance & Trade department and in the Tourism & Leisure department. Meanwhile, another two Peer Reviews were conducted in the Healthcare and Welfare department, one in the Mobile Techniques department, another one in Tourism & Leisure department and two more in the Business, Finance & Trade department.

In the Netherlands there is a legal obligation for VET Institutions to have external experts look at the quality of the education provided. This has been one of the reasons for institutions to introduce ‘auditing’ as an additional part of their quality system. For ROC Aventus the audits are now replaced by Peer Reviews.

From the start, dissemination was an important element of the project, numerous presentations and workshops were held all over the Netherlands. Potential Peers and VET institutions are interested, but apart from ROC Aventus no institution has planned to actually conduct a Peer Review yet. Because of the prominent role attributed to ENQA VET concerning transnational Peer Review and the current developments on the European level VET institutions think it is wise to wait for new developments and a national support structure.

There is a QANRP, a Quality Assurance National Reference Point, there are four VET institutions who are interested in participating in Peer Review and six Peers who have shown their interest in becoming a (trans)national Peer. In fact all parties are waiting for Europe to make the next move.

Willem de Ridder
ROC Aventus