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In addition to CHE Ranking and Study Quality Monitor (SQM), the University participates in other German-wide surveys on learning culture and everyday student life, student finance, and studying with challenges. These surveys provide essential information for decisions related to education policy, for example equity in education, student loans, the federal Teacher Training Quality Campaign, and funding of higher education. For us as a university, they give us a good insight into the perception of studies and learning situation in Jena compared to other higher education institutions that enables us to improve the current conditions.

Participation in nationwide higher education surveys

Social Survey Show content

The Social Survey is a significant data source for national and European reports on higher education. It comprises the central empirical standard data on student-related research which are then integrated into the National Report on Education. This nationwide survey on learning environment and living conditions is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Being carried out every three years, the survey focuses on economic and social conditions of the students within the Federal Republic of Germany. Since completing one’s studies does not only depend on the given conditions at the higher education institution, but also on the economic and social environment, the survey also includes these aspects: How do student finance their studies? What living costs do they have to cover? How many students do work parallel to their studies? How much time do they need for their studies and their part-time job?

If you are interested in the results, please refer to the last survey.

Studying with challenges (best2) Show content

Being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), this survey concentrates on students who might experience difficulties during their studies because of their health-related challenges. Among others, these might include: physical and sensory difficulties, chronic-somatic illnesses, mental illnesses, intellectual difficulties, dyslexia, autism, and other permanent challenging health conditions. The survey is limited to the member institutions of the German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK).

Students with health-related challenges from more than 150 institutions of higher education gave their opinion on these aspects: With challenges do they have to deal? How effective is the compensation of disadvantages? What supporting measures tend to be helpful? What role do teaching staff and fellow students play?

If you are interested in the results, please refer to the last survey.

Student Survey on learning situation and study orientation (BMBF) Show content

Being a long-term survey, the Student Survey is an important data source for national and European reports in higher education. In addition to the Social Survey which focuses on the economic and social conditions of the students, this survey provides important standard data on student-related research which is summarized in the National Report on Education, too.

The first survey took place in the winter semester 1982/1983, followed by regular surveys every two to three years. In the survey, almost 38,000 students usually participate coming from selected 28 institutions of higher education (16 universities and 12 universities of applied sciences).

Among other aspects, the survey, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), concentrates on these topics: Are students satisfied with the quality of teaching activities, with advisory services, and the social environment at the given institution? What career visions do students have and how do they perceive their career opportunities? Do students actively engage in the student self-governance? What are they political points of view and their attitude towards democracy?

  • Type of survey: sampling
  • Focus: learning situation and quality of studies, study strategies, career-related orientation, socio-political orientation of the students
  • Frequency: every three years
  • Last survey: winter semester 2015/2016
  • Coordinated by: Research Group on Higher Education, University of Konstanz

If you are interested in the results, please refer to the latest results.

Student Drop-Out – Extent and Motives Show content

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) carried out a nationwide survey on the drop-out motives at German institutions of higher education.

The objective of the survey was to examine the reasons for dropping out of university and the situation of those persons dropping out of studies after this decision. To elucidate this very phenomenon from several points of view, the survey comprised several groups: students who ended their studies in 2014, faculty leaderships of selected fields, and various advisory services.

Please refer to the results.

Survey on teacher training Show content

Since 2012, a special project on teacher training in Germany offers a nationwide overview of the first phase of the teacher training, i.e. studying at the university. For this purpose, the project collects data within 16 federal states (“Länder”) and at institutions of higher education which educate future teachers. The data are divided into nine focus areas. In addition to the information about the first phase of teacher training according to federal states and institutions of higher education, the survey provides data on the particular types of teacher training.

Apart from the description on the website, the project also publishes various publications which elucidate selected topics and recommendation for actions.

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