The competence screening questionnaire for higher education: Adaptable to the needs of a study programme

Evelyn Bergsmann, Julia Klug, Christoph Burger, Nora Maria Först, Christiane Spiel

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There is a lively discussion on how to evaluate competence-based higher education in both evaluation and competence research. The instruments used are often limited to course evaluation or specific competences, taking a rather narrow perspective. Furthermore, the instruments often comprise predetermined competences that cannot be adapted to higher education needs. The aim of this paper is to provide a flexible screening instrument into which practitioners/evaluators of study programmes can themselves insert the competences they are interested in, i.e. competences students ought to acquire through their study programme. The present study describes the development of the Competence Screening Questionnaire for Higher Education (CSQ-HE) in different domains of higher education. Results show that the CSQ-HE provides plausible screening information whilst fulfilling evaluation standards. It can be integrated into a higher education institution’s internal quality management system to demonstrate a programme’s legitimacy and enhance competence-based teaching and learning. Strengths, weaknesses and implications for practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-554
Number of pages18
JournalAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2018


  • Competence
  • higher education
  • quality management
  • evaluation


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