NHL Stenden students positive about study support

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Students feel involved and safe

Over 70% of students at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences are satisfied with the study support provided through their study programme. It has been an extraordinary year, with students forced into multiple lockdowns and online teaching. Despite having to study remotely, NHL Stenden students are positive about the engagement and contact provided by their study programmes. This is reflected in the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) that was conducted in the current corona year and completed by almost 11,000 NHL Stenden students. Students have also indicated that there is a good atmosphere within their study programmes, that they feel safe and that they can be completely themselves within the institution.

Erica Schaper, Chairman of the Executive Board: “Considering this has been such an extraordinary year, in which we have all been affected by the coronavirus crisis, we are satisfied with the results, while recognising that there is room for improvement. Over the past academic year, we have worked extremely hard to switch from face-to-face teaching to online teaching. This has been appreciated by our students. Students indicate that despite remote teaching, they still feel heard and that the institution provides them with optimal study support. The results give us the confidence that when our doors open again, we will be able to continue developing our personal student coaching.”

High-value lecturers

The NSS also indicates that NHL Stenden lecturers are highly valued by students. Besides their high level of engagement, students see lecturers as both content experts and coaches. 80% of students are satisfied with the level of expertise of their lecturers, and 73% find lecturers easy to contact when they have questions. That is why NHL Stenden is happy with the support provided by the National Education Programme to attract additional lecturers and study coaches. The new campaign, ‘Working at NHL Stenden’ has now helped the institution recruit 100 additional lecturers. These lecturers are needed to make up for personal coaching that students missed out on and to guarantee high-quality teaching.

Collaborating for better teaching

In this NSS, students indicated that the university of applied sciences has got the basics right. At the same time, students indicated that there is room for improvement when it comes to ‘testing and assessment’ and ‘information provision from the study programme’. Over the coming period, individual study programmes will continue discussions with their students on how these areas can be improved as well as how teaching can be optimised. This will help the institution, together with its students, to further improve education.

About NSS 2021

The annual National Student Survey (NSS) is organised by Stichting Studiekeuze123 on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. A new instrument was used for the NSE 2021. For this reason, comparisons with previous survey years are not possible. It has also been an unusual year due to the coronavirus crisis. Educational institutions have been closed and much of the teaching has taken place remotely. More information can be found on studiekeuze123.nl/nse-studenten-eng