Portfolio Quality Standards
1. Portfolio strategy
The ES portfolio strategy should encompass themes based on the expertise of the University and on learners demand.
Rationale: A portfolio strategy exists for each ES core theme and an academic portfolio director is responsible to ensure that each portfolio is coherent, includes a diversity of course offerings, and is of societal and market relevance. The strategy is informed both by the University’s own strategic goals and by market analysis; it is successfully implemented with the required resources (budget and expertise).
1.1 The ES portfolio themes align with the university's strategic themes contributing to finding solutions to societal and market challenges 1.2 ES has a portfolio strategy for each theme with a responsible person (academic portfolio director) in place 1.3 Each portfolio theme strategy addresses coherency and alignment in its portfolio offering 1.4 ES has a clear management structure that enables it to support its portfolio strategies 1.5 ES allocates sufficient resources to effectively support the portfolio strategy.
2. Evaluation and monitoring
The ES Portfolio is systematically evaluated for educational coherency and relevance.
Rationale: The ES portfolio strategy is regularly reviewed and updated. Dashboards enable the academic portfolio directors to make informed decisions for improvement. The academic portfolio directors also use market evaluations to make adjustments/improvements to the strategy. Review and improvement processes are embedded at portfolio level; reports are published and shared with relevant stakeholders.
2.1 The ES portfolio strategy is reviewed and periodically updated for its continuing relevance 2.2 Learners' analytics and market information are used to improve the portfolio strategy 2.3 Appropriate measurement and evaluation processes and activities are embedded at portfolio level.
3. Development, access and reach
The ES Portfolio is broad and serving a diverse target audience across the globe.
Rationale: The ES portfolio development of course content and mode of delivery enables extensive access and reach. It is thus able to attract a diverse target audience (as well as the right audience for which the portfolio is developed). The portfolio content delivers state-of-the-art education (quality education with incorporating the latest ideas) that encourages learners to pursue continuing education/ lifelong learning in a thematic area.
3.1 The ES portfolio provides up-to-date and state-of-the-art education 3.2 The ES portfolio engages both internal TU Delft students and external learners encouraging continuing education/ Lifelong Learning 3.3 The ES portfolio attracts and caters for diverse, yet the right kind of learners.
The ES portfolio impacts TU Delft and beyond.
Rationale: The ES portfolio has a broad, global impact effected through the re-use of its education materials on campus and by offering access to educational materials on OCW (Open CourseWare). By contributing to the UN SDGs the ES portfolio is also of societal relevance. The portfolio increases ES visibility by strengthening its position as an education provider with expertise in thematic areas (partnerships, B2B and B2C are also increased).
4.1 Education materials are used for campus education (and vice versa) and beyond TU Delft 4.2 The ES portfolio connects to the Human Capital Agenda of the UN SDGs 4.3 ES is visible and active in the ecosystem of continuing education/ Lifelong Learning at national and global levels.
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