10 September 2012 | Report

Tracking Learners’ and Graduates’ Progression Paths – TRACKIT

Michael Gaebel, Kristina Hauschildt, Kai Mühleck, Hanne Smidt

The present study aims at providing an overview of the tracking initiatives of students and graduates in Europe. As a first study of this kind, its aim was to map the state of play, and provide factual information on reasons, uses and methods for tracking. While the study considers initiatives of both national/regional bodies as well as higher education institutions, the focus of the study was on the latter, considering also the impact of tracking with regards to improvement of learning provisions and student services, and its contribution to general institutional development.

Resulting from the study are some guidelines for higher education institutions, which intend to develop or enhance tracking, and a list of issues for follow-up at European level, where so far, despite the interest in transparency tools, tracking has not been considered.

Main research activities under the project were a survey among national rectors’ conferences and individual higher education institutions conducted in 31 countries representing 32 higher education systems1, expert interviews and focus groups, and site visits in 11 European countries (12 higher education systems) to 23 higher education institutions and other relevant organisations.

The study has been undertaken by a consortium consisting of the European University Association (EUA); the Irish Universities Association/UCD Geary Institute; Hochschul-Informations-System GmbH (HIS); Lund University; the University of the Peloponnese/Centre for Social and Educational Policy Studies; and Aarhus University. It has been co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

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