Accountability and supervision
The Board of Governors is accountable to the stakeholders at the same level. Employees and students can make their voices heard through representative bodies, among other options. HAS University of Applied Sciences is actively involving students, employees and industry in education, research and contract work. To measure stakeholder satisfaction, HAS University of Applied Sciences regularly holds satisfaction surveys among students, employees and industry.
Separation public - private
HAS University of Applied Sciences takes the view that contract work is in support of the main objective of education. The objectives are knowledge transfer, cross-fertilisation with business, an increase in quality and/or efficiency, contributing to lifelong learning or promoting the accessibility of education. In this view contract work is inseparable from the core activity of education. Internal guidelines for pricing ensure that any contract work carried out at least covers costs.
Besides contacts with students through the University council and Education committees, a General Student Consultation is organised twice a year. The General Student Consultation consists of members of the Board of the student associations (Alpha and Gremio Unio), student members of the University Council and Programme Committees, representatives of the various student associations and annual consultative groups of the course of Applied Biology.
Regular public meetings are held for all employees, on topics like the governance structure and the sector classification. In addition to the public meetings, there is an open culture within HAS University of Applied Sciences, giving all employees the opportunity to contact a supervisor with their questions and comments. All official documents are published on the intranet, as is a shortened report of the Board of Governors meeting and resolutions of the Board of Trustees.
The University Council (UC) represents the interests of staff and students. The UC participates in thinking through and deciding on policies and changes within HAS University of Applied Sciences, and is a discussion partner of the Board of Governors. Both staff and students represent the council and have the same rights and obligations (for more information see WHW articles 10.16a to10.39). The UC has fourteen seats. Seven are occupied by employees and seven by students. The council shall elect an Executive Board of four members; the chairman, the vice-chairman and two student members. Each council member serves on one of the UC committees.
Every programme within HAS University of Applied Sciences has an education committee consisting of programme staff and students. The committee advises on matters (also see WHW article 10.3c) related to education such as:
- Teaching and examination regulations
- Annual teaching report
- Policies aimed at improving the quality and feasibility of the programme
- Teaching guidance
- Student and teaching facilities
The Board of Governors is horizontally accountable to stakeholders. Stakeholders in particular are those parties that give meaning to teaching and research. These include students, employees and industry.
Stakeholders – Teaching
Industry is structurally involved with the content and design of the existing programmes through field interviews at an institutional level. Students can influence this through the University council and programme committees. The government is involved through its accreditation systems. For new programmes targeted research is done into the needs of industry (often including local and regional authorities) and student interests. The government is involved through quality and macro-efficiency assessments of applications for new programmes. Moreover, industry participates in focus groups/advisory committees to be set up for the project-based development of new programmes.
Stakeholders – Teaching
Stakeholders are directly involved in research policy. In lecturer meetings agreements are reached on research programmes and quality assurance of research. Contact with the environment is maintained through advisory boards of individual institutes, representation of industry in knowledge networks, collaboration with national and international institutes of education and research projects for SMEs.
Stakeholders – Contract work
Companies, institutions and individual clients are the key stakeholders for the business market. They are indicative of market demands and involved in the development of various trainings and courses. The range is designed in close consultation with entrepreneurs (the external advisory group) and institutions in the region. The advisory group is also closely involved in shaping a logical, collegial and generally accepted positioning of the business activities within the public domain among private suppliers. Networks like Kennispoort, 5-Star Region and Brabant-Zeeland Employers Associations regularly assess whether the supply meets the demand.