Final spurt for data acquisition for the UniversityRanking 2011
Data acquisition for the CHE UniversityRanking 2011, which will provide updated information for law, economics and social sciences programmes, will have been complete by the end of the year.
Interviews with professors started in September this year and were completed by mid-November. The data is currently being analysed. More than 5,000 professors filled in the questionnaire in this round of data collection.
Student interviews started at the beginning of the winter semester and will continue until the end of the year. More than 36,000 students have so far completed the questionnaires.
The first interview round for departments was completed by the end of October. The questionnaires have been checked by the CHE and were returned to the departments at the beginning of December to make the final corrections and to add any supplementary information. Departments have to return the updated questionnaires to the CHE until the end of the year.
Graduate interviews: Graduates have also been interviewed for some subjects including business administration at universities and business administration, commercial informatics, commercial law and industrial engineering at universities of applied sciences. The CHE has also carried out more wide-ranging interviews in communication studies in cooperation with the German Communication Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK)). Participation in this interview depends on the existence of a sufficient number of addresses of graduates in universities and is therefore not a condition for taking part in the ranking.
Interviews among senior university administration staff began at the end of November. The online questionnaire sent to chancellors or to the central co-ordinators named by university management staff covers libraries, the central student advice office, language centres, semester fees, study fees, university sports, studying with disabilities or when suffering from chronic illness, support offers for special student groups (such as students with children) and student numbers (by subject groups).
The results will be published in the DIE ZEIT Study Guide and on ZEIT Online in May 2011.