Assessment Principles

On 6 November 2014, the Education Council adopted a favourable position on a set of 17 assessment principles. This set contains general principles on how to assess students in view of the final exam mark.

The 17 assessment principles are an operationalization of Ghent University's Assessment Concept and Assessment Model (in Dutch).

Below you will find the 17 assessment principles summed up. More detailed information on each of the 17 principes can be found in the attachment.

  1. Ghent University's competency-based approach with challenging objectives is the starting point for high-level content-related assessment;
  2. within each course unit, the learning outcomes/final competencies are pursued and assessed in the best way possibile; 
  3. throughout the study programme, all programme competencies are pursued and assessed in several different course units;
  4. the choice of adequate assessment methods is crucial;
  5. high-quality assessment begins with a shared vision and responsibility; 
  6. confidence in the assessment expertise of lecturers and study programmes;
  7. transparent assessment procedures and content-related expectations;
  8. no overly stringent relation between learning material and teaching (practice), and assessment;
  9. focus on (interim) feedback;
  10. opportunities and facilities, but the same content-related expectations for all students;
  11. serenity during an exam is guaranteed;
  12. awareness of fraud and irregularities;
  13. students’ own performances count and not their position within the group;
  14. an assessment does not take into account previous results or achievements;
  15. a course unit's the lecturer-in-charge carries final responsibility for the assessment; 
  16. broad resolution in grades
  17. the right to two examination opportunities

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Education Council 6 November 2014

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