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FAQs: bachelor’s degree program survey

This survey is aimed at all students enrolled in a single-subject (“mono”) bachelor’s degree program, a core subject as part of a multi-subject bachelor’s degree program (with or without teaching certificate option), or in studies of law at Freie Universität Berlin.

On June 4, 2019, all students in the above group will receive an e-mail from the Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin containing a link to the evaluation portal and a token (access code). Participation in the survey takes place exclusively online.

A token is a personal access code for the survey. You receive your token by e-mail. It is used to prevent survey responses from being submitted by people outside the defined respondent group and to prevent submission of multiple responses. The token ceases to be valid after use. It is not possible to use the token to identify responses in the questionnaire.

The bachelor’s degree program survey starts on June 4, 2019. The survey is scheduled to stay online until June 30, 2019.

Freie Universität Berlin conducts surveys of students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs every four years.

As our way of saying thank you for participating, we will be raffling off attractive prizes among all those who participate in the survey.

Prizes:

  • 1 2018 iPad (9.7”)
  • 3 Tolino 4 HD e-book readers
  • 45 gift certificates to the dining halls, Saturn and Schleichers bookstore
    The total value of all gift certificates is 800 euros.

Participating in this survey gives you a chance to provide feedback to Freie Universität Berlin regarding your study program. Your views of the study programming offered – for example, with regard to the feasibility of completing the program – are important to Freie Universität Berlin. They can be used to improve study conditions and further develop support, advising, and service options.

Response time varies by individual. For one thing, it depends on the filtering functions within the questionnaire, meaning which of the questions in the survey apply to you. For another, however, it naturally also depends on how long you take to answer the questions. In preliminary tests, students took about 20 minutes to fill out the questionnaire.

The questionnaire content was coordinated with the university management and with the departments and central institutes. The survey contains questions on the following subject areas:

  •  Personal information and study program information
  •  Study conditions: educational career to date
  •  Evaluation of study offerings and study conditions in the (core) subject

–  Evaluation of the introductory phase of studies
–  Evaluation of modules
–  Evaluation of the quality of instruction
–  Evaluation of study requirements/feasibility of completion (workload)
–  Evaluation of selected aspects of the infrastructure (e.g. library offerings)
–  Evaluation of the examination organization
–  Evaluation of the support and supervision provided by instructors
–  Evaluation of the social climate (contact with fellow students, instructors)

  •  Additional topics for combination bachelor’s degree programs: evaluation of separate modules
  •  Evaluation of the ABV or LBW study areas
  •  Study behavior and study experiences

–  Time spent abroad
–   Individual learning experiences (experiences of autonomy and workload, lack of motivation, difficulties with studies)
–   Academic performance
–   Where applicable, reasons for exceeding the regular study period

  • Living situation during studies (e.g. children, work)
  • Study satisfaction
  • Acquisition of subject-specific knowledge and key skills
  • Plans for the period after the bachelor's degree program

In addition, the survey also includes open-ended questions in various places to give you a chance to provide information beyond the standardized response options or to offer a more nuanced view of your suggestions for improving the program.

Participation in the survey is voluntary. Answering individual questions is also voluntary. If you cannot, or do not wish to, answer a specific question, you can generally skip to the next question with no problem. This is not the case for some questions, known as "filter" questions. The answers to these questions determine which follow-up questions are asked. Filter questions must be answered in order to allow for proper routing within the questionnaire.

Please note that we strive to achieve overall results that are as representative as possible. Each question you answer makes the results more representative. Your responses to questions regarding personal information and study-related information help us to assess how representative the results are.

You can interrupt your participation in the survey anywhere you like. As long as you have not submitted the questionnaire on a final basis, you can use your token to log back in and continue your entries at any time. You will automatically be taken back to the page of the survey where you were when you exited.

In the past there have been isolated technical difficulties when the survey was interrupted, so if at all possible, please do avoid interrupting it. If you experience technical difficulties, please feel free to contact Arbeitsstelle Lehr- und Studienqualität by e-mail at lsq@fu-berlin.de.

After submitting your completed questionnaire, you can participate in the raffle. You will be asked to provide an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win. This e-mail address will be stored separately from your survey data, of course. Winners are randomly selected by the software after the end of the survey period. Winners will be contacted by July 12, 2019.

Arbeitsstelle Lehr- und Studienqualität prepares a university-wide overall report. This report presents the results, broken down by groups of subjects, in comparison to the results of the last bachelor’s degree program survey. The report is transmitted to the university management. It is presented and discussed within university bodies and published on this central website.

Reports on the results for specific study programs are also provided to the departments and central institutes. Reports on the results for specific study programs contain analyses for each study program in which more than seven students participated in the survey.

The reports of results are expected to be available in the 2020 summer semester.

The results are used to identify measures to take to improve the study situation.

The results of the university-wide overall report are presented and discussed within the university management and other university bodies. These include meetings of the deans and deans of studies, the Academic Senate and the Board of Trustees.

The results of subject-specific reports are interpreted within the scope of discussion meetings with students and instructors at the subject level, for example within the committees in charge of teaching matters within the departments and within the department or institute councils.

Detailed information is available here.

The evaluation is performed by Arbeitsstelle Lehr- und Studienqualität of Freie Universität Berlin on behalf of the university management.

If you have any questions, please contact Arbeitsstelle Lehr- und Studienqualität by e-mail at lsq@fu-berlin.de or call Irmela Blüthmann (Tel. 030 / 838-75421) or Susanne Bergann (Tel. 030 / 838-57982).

This section contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the survey. If this information does not fully answer your questions, please feel free to contact Arbeitsstelle Lehr- und Studienqualität by e-mail at lsq@fu-berlin.de or phone at (30) 838-75 421.