Conference workshops, november 4th 2016

You can read more about the conference workshops in the powerpoint documents below.


WHW: rights and duties

The Higher Education and Academic Research Act (Dutch acronym: WHW) states in article 9.18 that for each academic programme or group of programmes, a study programme committee is established. This committee has the duty to provide advice on and to the OER, to evaluate the execution of the OER and provide unsolicited advice. As of 1-9-2017, the task will be refined: OCs provide advice on the amelioration and safe-guarding of the quality of the programme, including the OER. The WHW gives rights to the OCs, such as the right to information and the right of facilitation. The WHW will include new provisions on the elections of OCs and their regulations.

In downloads, you can read more about the legal framework. Do you, as a student, still have questions relating to legality after reading this, please contact (for free) the Landelijk Studenten Rechtsbureau (LSR) or contact the Student Helpline (for free).


Research: what works, and what can be improved?

“How do study programme committees work in publicly funded higher education, and how can they reinforce their input in (safeguarding) the quality of the programme?”

This research question is tackled by the Inspectorate in the research that was launched in 2016. In this research, the inspectorate pays attention to the facilitation of study programme committees and the communication among these and their constituents, managers and the participation body. On top of that, the inspectorate lists the advices brought forward by study programme committees, what plans have been established about the future and which factors they consider stimulating and which impeding. This research is a follow-up of a similar research conducted in 2010.

Please, see downloads for more information. In case you still have questions or suggestions, please contact the project leader:


Useful documents: what works?

Some OCs have developed working methods that work well in their own specific context. For example, a helpful annual plan in which the OC is involved with the OER at an early stage.  Or a regulation in which the position of the OC is elucidated. Many OCs like to share their experience with fellow OCs. That’s why the inspectorate collected a number of documents that illustrate the successful working methods; not to serve as instructions, but rather examples of strategies that seem to work well.  Other OCs can be inspired by these methods. Sharing and exchanging knowledge helps. The documents have been ordered in groups:

  1. Regulations
  2. Manuals
  3. Annual plans
  4. Annual reports