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Programme Committee - CS

College & Graduate School of Communication

The Programme Committee (PC) provides a forum where students and teachers can meet to discuss the contents and the format of education.

  • What is the Programme Committee (PC)?

    Two institutes are responsible for the implementation of the education: the College of Communication (CC), which provides the Bachelor's programme, and the Graduate School of Communication (GSC), which provides the Master's programmes. The Programme Directors associated with the institutes have overall responsibility for the education provided and are in charge of its planning and implementation.

    It goes without saying that the most important people involved in the education, the students and lecturers, participate in the decision-making. This is laid down in the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act, which stipulates that each study programme must have a Programme Committee.

    The Programme Committee provides a forum where students and lecturers can meet to discuss the content and form of the education. The Programme Committee also functions as a supervisory body, or perhaps more appropriately a sparring partner, which provides feedback on the functioning of programmes, courses, regulations and facilities from within the implementing institutes.

    The Programme Committee is responsible for maintaining the quality of education and reports on this to the Programme Directors and to the faculty. The term “quality” covers a diverse range of aspects such as the composition of study programmes, the level of the courses, the testing method and how lectures are given (e.g. live and/or digitally). Practical matters, such as timetables, audiovisual facilities and the availability of literature, are also aspects that contribute to quality.

    The committee has an equal representation of students and lecturers and meets monthly (on the third Tuesday of the month, with the exception of July and August). 

  • What does the PC do?

    The Programme Committee carries out its task by continuously monitoring the education and by providing solicited and unsolicited advice to the implementing institutes on how the education is organised and implemented. The educational cycle in academic years shapes the Programme Committee's work. Each year the CC and GSC study programmes are approved for the following academic year. The implementation of the programmes is assessed in the subsequent year. The evaluations are reviewed after each semester and, consequently, advice is given on changes in courses that appear to be necessary or appropriate.

    Every few years, advice is given on the functioning of complete programmes, such as the Bachelor's curriculum or the Research Master's programme. The quality of the education is more than the sum of the individual components. What also needs to be taken into consideration is the relationship between components and the extent to which, taken as a whole, they educate students for certain competencies or positions. In addition, the day-to-day affairs of the current year need to be attended to.

    In the monthly meeting, the day-to-day aspects of education are discussed and any bottlenecks (and highlights!) are reported fresh from the workplace, often by the student members but also frequently by the lecturers. These bottlenecks are brought to the attention of the CC and the GSC every month.

    Finally, the Programme Committee tries to develop its own vision on educational quality. It does so by regularly addressing larger and frequently recurring policy matters, such as: “How can we prevent the study programme from becoming too school-like?”, “How can the teaching performance of lecturers be better rewarded?” and “New testing methods”.

  • The PC and the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER/TER)

    The programme of the academic year is set out by the educational institutes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER). The OER is the charter in which the whole study programme of the academic year is set out, including the regulations and form of education. It describes the obligations that must be fulfilled by students on their part and by the institutes on their part.

    The OER contains the programme's course objectives and the list of components that will be offered. It also lays down which subjects are compulsory for which students and in which order they are to be taken, as well as which components students are able to choose themselves.

    The OER also stipulates the entry requirements for components and the regulations concerning examinations and other assessments, including resits. It is a statutory task of the Programme Committee to examine the OER for approval. In other words, once a year, students and lecturers must jointly inform the Dean of the faculty that they agree with the proposed study programme. 

  • The PC and (course) evaluations

    Every six months, the Programme Committee acquaints itself with the evaluations made by CC en GSC. These are based on the familiar Canvas surveys. 

    The Evaluation Sub-committee of the Programme Committee drafts a provisional recommendation regarding the evaluations, in which 

    1. the quality of the evaluations is assessed
    2. any cases are indicated in which subjects, subject components or lecturers deviate significantly (upwards or downwards) from average levels
    3. those components which were not evaluated positively in the previous year are assessed to establish to what extent the recommendations for improvement have been followed up.

    The Programme Committee provides the directors of CC and GSC with a definitive recommendation. In addition, the Bachelor's programme is evaluated once every three years and the various Master's programmes once every two years.