Guidelines for quality assurance to support staff and representative bodies

06 April 2020

This guide will help you prepare and conduct support assessments with regard to studying with special needs.

Approximately 30% of the students in higher education have special needs. Some 10% of all students experience obstacles with regard to studying. Studying with special needs is one of the key quality assurance criteria for educational institutions.

The Dutch Higher Education and Research Act (WHW) addresses the need for provisions to improve the accessibility and study programme feasibility for students with special needs. The issue is addressed in Standard 2 of the ITK (2016) assessment framework: ‘The institution effectively realises its educational vision, as is evidenced by appropriate policy measures and processes, particularly in the sphere of staff, assessment, facilities and students  with special needs.’

Check out the aspects of the Standards Committee’s reference framework to start a discussion.