The main objective of this project is to set up a survey that gathers common indicators on the satisfaction of the graduate population and make information available to the university system as a whole in Catalonia and to academic coordinators and managers for the purposes of study programme enhancement.
A pilot scheme was run in 2014 to test the instrument that was designed by a working group set up by the universities and coordinated by AQU Catalunya. Following reliability and validity testing and the subsequent incorporation of a series of necessary improvements, the survey was finally endorsed in 2015.
In addition, an agreement has been signed between AQU Catalunya and the group of public and private universities in Catalonia to facilitate the annual conducting, management, exploitation and dissemination of the findings of the graduate satisfaction surveys of Bachelor’s degree courses run in Catalonia. The Agency used the Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya to carry out a pilot scheme in which data on the university’s graduate population was gathered. The field work, which covered graduates who completed their studies at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, was carried out between December 2015 and January 2016. The results of the survey are to be published as indicators on the WINDDAT indicators website.
AQU Catalunya has also set in motion the necessary measures for preparing the survey on the satisfaction of Master’s graduates. In this case, the smaller number of graduates of Master’s degrees and their distinctive features compared to undergraduate programmes justifies the use of a separate instrument and a different approach to that used with Bachelor’s programmes. To this end, a search for and analysis of instruments used both by the universities in Catalonia and in international contexts was made in 2015.