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Brussels Training Seminar Implementing Change Michael Dooms



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  • 1. Bologna: Implementing Change Michael Dooms Rosette S’Jegers 15 april 2008 Herhaling titel van presentatie 1
  • 2. The problem/challenge
  • 3. Bologna: Implementing Change Easily readable and comparable degrees across participating countries Bachelor 2 types or 3 Cycles Master - academic or Doctoral - professional
  • 4. Bologna: Implementing Change Increasing diversity of in-take because of - cooperation between academic and professional programs - wider access and credit transfer in all phases of the 3 cycles -(inter)national exchange especially in English taught programs at master and doctoral level
  • 5. Implementation issues
  • 6. Bologna: Implementing Change Organisational impact of diversity Need for transparency and multidimensional flexibility: - contents and quality - time/timing - location
  • 7. Bologna: Implementing Change Flexibility in contents Exchange involves mutual understanding, insight and respect with regard to (1) learning patterns (curriculum development) and (2) learning outcomes (degrees): - access to information (databases related to curricula and facilities) - quality assurance and standards - acceptance of former qualifications (credit transfer) - agreements of understanding and development of joint and double degrees - transfer and preparatory programs
  • 8. Bologna: Implementing Change Time dimension of flexibility In order to promote access across institutions and programs, the academic calendar and scheduling is of outmost importance - division of the academic year in mutually independent semesters - subdivision of semesters in modules related to well defined and coherent curriculum packages
  • 9. Bologna: Implementing Change Location aspects of flexibility Logistics related to mobility of staff and students at intra- national and international level - organisation of mutual access to programs and campus - facilitating and rewarding physical transfer - development of alternatives or back-up of physical mobility (tele-classing, virtual classrooms, etc. …)
  • 10. Bologna: Implementing Change Internal and external stakeholders involved - students - academic staff and curriculum developers - administration: registration/student facilities/personnel/ communication and promotors/etc. … - government - sponsors - alumni - other universities (competitors?)
  • 11. Change projects reality...
  • 12. Bologna: Implementing Change Financial implications - Cost of diversity and flexibility - quality assurance - coaching of students and staff - promotion and communication - mobility - language barriers (development of “common business language”) - Revenues: linked to financial mechanisms
  • 13. Bologna: Implementing Change Financial mechanisms - Government support (and rules) versus financial autonomy increase in competition - for input and market share of students - focus on productivity and results in terms of learning outcome and output (degrees)
  • 14. Governance in universities
  • 15. Bologna: Implementing Change Governance in context of change - decision levels and organisational structure (empowerment of departments versus centralisation) - scale versus specialisation - cooperation versus competition - attraction and motivation of human resources