Evaluation of Faculties and Centres

The faculties and centres at the University of Vienna are subject to periodic evaluations, at least every seven years. The evaluations are performed in accordance with the informed peer review model and are carried out in several stages (self-evaluation, peer review with site visit, follow-up).

The evaluations are carried out comprehensively, in other words, the areas of research, teaching and administration are examined jointly. The goals of the evaluation are:

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Providing support for the identification of goals and strategies
  • Generating measures for quality optimisation and assurance

 

The evaluation process is carried out over a number of stages:

Informed Peer Review

Beginning and agreement as to approach

In a coordinated process together with the faculty or centre, the Rectorate and the Unit for Quality Assurance, the specifics of the evaluation process are identified, in particular thematic focal points of the evaluation are agreed on. For faculties with a number of departments, disciplines or studies, written evaluations of the curricula, as well as the research performed by individual areas (disciplines, key research areas) can be agreed ahead of time. An agreement on the criteria for the selection of peers is also reached.

Self-evaluation of the institution

The institution itself draws up the self-evaluation report consisting of a section on the faculty or centre, a section on the department and individual portraits, as well as a section on the directorate of studies. It is incumbent on the dean or head of the centre to carry out the self-evaluation. The Unit for Quality Assurance provides guidelines and supports the self-evaluation process by providing statistical data as well as additional analyses after coordinating with the institution (e.g. publication analysis in cooperation with the Scientometry Working Group).

The students also have the opportunity to draw up a report. Both reports are sent to the peers and serve as the foundation for their site visit.

The site visit and the peers' report

Peers (external, international experts in the field) carry out a site visit at the institution and will already have read the self-evaluation report from the institution itself as well as the students' report in advance. On-site the peers as a rule meet with the Rectorate, the faculty management and the directorates of studies, department representatives, students, junior researchers, etc. After their site visit, the peers present a written evaluation report, to which the institution may also respond in writing. The report and the institution's statement are published in aggregate form.

Follow-up: implementation meetings, target agreements, monitoring

The evaluation report of the peers and the institution's statement are then used together to form the basis for measures to be identified together with the Rectorate of the University of Vienna, either within the scope of target agreement meetings or in separate implementation meetings. As a rule, the implementation measures, as well as monitoring activities to ensure that the targets are reached will be laid out in target agreements between the Rectorate and the institution.

The institution may also involve its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in the overall evaluation process (e.g. in drawing up the self-evaluation report, in the response to the peers' report and in the identifying of follow-up measures).

Confidentiality and Data Protection

The Unit for Quality Assurance warrants that during the whole evaluation process all data and information provided by the evaluated organizational unit is treated with confidentiality.

 

 

Contact

Dr. Michael Hofer

T: +43-1-4277-18010
michael.hofer@univie.ac.at