The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg – DHBW) plays a significant role in the current educational landscape. More than any other academic institution, studies at the DHBW involve a deep integration of academically grounded expertise and workplace training.
Continuous growth in the number of students and the high quality of student applicants who opt for a study programme at the Cooperative State University underline the success of the dual study model. This success would be inconceivable without the enormous commitment of the corporate partners who have come to appreciate the specific competence profile of their graduates and, due to the broad spectrum of training positions they offer, contribute to the academic variety apparent at the Cooperative State University.
All of this leads to a responsibility on the part of the Cooperative State University towards students, the training companies and society as a whole which it reflects in a particularly special way: The regular evaluation of the qualities of study programmes and the examination system which ensures that a continuous improvement process is maintained.
The learning organisation
The Cooperative State University is therefore not solely a centre of learning, but also considers itself to be a learning organisation which strives to examine and improve its concepts on a continuous level.
Our own appreciation of quality is illustrated in a Quality Management Manual, along with descriptions of the instruments and processes which have been established at the Cooperative State University for the assurance and improvement of quality. Quality Management Manual Volume 1 Quality Management Manual Volume 2
The quality management system aims to achieve the implementation of the quality goals of the Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule – DH) using a variety of instruments. The effectiveness of the measures adopted and the efficiency of their implementation are monitored continuously in this respect.
Measures to be taken to achieve the quality goals set are adopted following consideration of empirically collected data. Our own comprehensive evaluation is complemented by outside evaluation which provides valuable indications of development needs which still need to be addressed within the organisation.
The evaluation system at the DH captures an overall impression of the quality of studies which is both differentiated and comprehensive. This encompasses courses, the organisation of studies, counselling and support, the infrastructure and practical training in the partner companies involved. As a further factor which determines quality, the entire examination system is also subjected to evaluation.
Both the evaluation of the quality of study programmes and evaluation of the quality of the examination system are supported by outside evaluations and external experts who provide critically feedback on the recorded results.
In addition, concerted processes and guidelines at the Cooperative State University ensure that defined quality standards are adhered to.