14 November 2018 | EQAF Paper

Five-Star Student Involvement

Kevin G√łnge, Sofie Bjerg Kirketerp (Danish Accreditation Institution)

It is generally accepted in Europe that students should be involved in the external Quality Assurance (QA) of higher educations institutions. Requirements for involving students are stated in the ESG, but student involvement in a meaningful manner is easier said than done.


In many countries, including Denmark, the solution has been to include student representatives on various councils and panels. However, five years ago, the Danish Accreditation Institution (AI) outlined a vision for a more long-term, dynamic relationship with students to enhance student involvement throughout our external QA activities. This vision gave birth to STAR, the Students' Accreditation Council, a network for Danish student organisations facilitated by AI.

The network provides a forum for dialogue with students about developing and ensuring the quality of education from a student perspective. Based on our positive experience of student involvement in external QA activities, AI invites participants to discuss opportunities and challenges in working with student involvement as a QA agency.

This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

ISSN: 1375-3797 

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