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With the recent structural reforms in European higher education systems, the changing nature of the student population and the relative decline in public funding, universities are increasingly pressured to track the progress of their students throughout the student lifecycle and into employment. Over the recent years, tracking of students and graduates have in order to increasingly diverse student population. Employability of young graduates is an area of acute concern in many European countries and has also become the focus of the European Union economic growth agenda EU2020.

Procedures for assessing students’ achievement and their progression after graduation into work and further study, have become of increased importance for universities: in the age of mass higher education, it helps them to better understand the impact of student centred modularised of study programmes, and their relevance for the labour market, and thus contributes important information to the systematic improvement of courses and support services.

EUA has examined university systems for tracking student progression and graduate employment and satisfaction in the context of the TRACK-IT project. The project developed recommendations regarding how universities can better develop their tracking schemes. It also also provides a caveat regarding too simplistic use of tracking data, in particular with regards to graduate employment. EUA will continue to work on this topic and strive to shape the EU policies, programmes and communications aimed at ensuring student retention and success and enhancing graduate employability, both for today’s and tomorrow’s labour market and societal needs.

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European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96