In recent weeks, the Dance in Education (DD) and Performing Dance (UD) bachelor programmes have been visited by a visitation panel for the purpose of their accreditations.
Dance in Education was the first to attend with a panel visit to the final performance I SIGN in Theater Zuidplein on Wednesday evening 19 June. And on Thursday the DD panel spoke all day with members of the Executive Board & management as well as representatives of teachers, students, professional field & alumni and the examination committee about the study programme.
Dance Performer followed this week with a visit from their panel to Talent On The Move on Tuesday evening 25 June in Theater Rotterdam and a similar series of conversations on Wednesday.
Both panels (twice the same chairman and secretary, but also with other experts) were full of praise for the wonderful performances and were very enthusiastic about the openness, involvement and enthusiasm in the discussions held and the great expertise and professionalism in the programmes. The panels will therefore advise with full conviction (the formal decision is taken by NVAO) to renew / extend the accreditations for both programs.
Special quality mark
In addition, both panels advise positively on the allocation of the special quality mark ‘Health and wellbeing: fit to perform’ requested for the two programs. The panel sees a clear, coherent strategy there and a long (longer) term perspective on a healthy and sustainable practice of the dance (in education) profession, with which an extremely valuable contribution is made to the dance (in education) practice.
What does accreditation mean?
Every 6 years the government examines the quality of higher education programmes. Accreditation serves on the one hand as accountability (as a course you show that you meet the requirements, and only then are you allowed to award diplomas) and on the other hand ensures improvement (during the interviews tips, advice and recommendations for improvement are given).
The bachelor programme itself is primarily responsible for assessing the quality of the training, by writing a so-called position determination: a document in which we describe how we structure our study programme, based on the features on which we are assessed. A panel of external experts then visits Codarts. This visitation panel reads the position determination and looks at (images of) final performances, looks at all kinds of documents that are made available for inspection and talks with representatives of management / board, examination committee, students, teachers and alumni + work field.