1Introduction, data protection and privacy

 
 

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HRK MODUS – Student Perception Survey    


 
 

Dear Sir or Madam, Dear Students, 

 
 

German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) has entrusted the Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ) of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz with the scientific monitoring of the project “MODUS – Enhancing student mobility across educational boundaries through recognition”. In this context, the personal assessments and experiences of students are of particular interest. 

 
 

With your participation, you are supporting HRK in providing needs-based offers of consulting and information for universities. Hereby, the processes of recognition of academic achievements and prior learning should be made not only more transparent but also more efficient and more effective. Hence, the overall aim is, to increase student mobility across educational boundaries. 

 
 

When navigating through the online survey, please do not use the ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons of your browser, but only the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ buttons in the questionnaire. 

 
 

Data protection and privacy: Your data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose listed above. No results in classifiable form will be made available to your university or HRK. Your participation is voluntary. You will not have any disadvantages by not granting your consent.  

 
 
 

If you have any questions, please contact: Evaluation_HRKMODUS@zq.uni-mainz.de 

 
 

Thank you for your cooperation and participation. 

 
 

Kind regards, 

 
 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uwe Schmidt (Project Head) und Katharina Schulze (Project Assistant) 

 

1.1Please check the following field for your consent and click on "Next".


2Definitions: ‘Recognition of academic achievements’ and ‘Recognition of prior learning’

 
 

Because the terms ‘Recognition of academic achievements’ and ‘Recognition of prior learning’ are not always distinctive and sometimes even used synonymously, we would like to make a distinction on which this survey is based. 

 
 

Recognition of academic achievements refers to academic degrees, course credit and examination results that were completed at an institution of higher education

 

Recognition of prior learning refers to competences and qualifications, that were acquired outside of higher education

 
 

Please refer to this distinction when answering the following questions. 

3Recognition of academic achievements

 
 

The following is about your assessments and experiences with the recognition of academic achievements.    

 

3.1 What aspects of recognition have you dealt with so far? (multiple answers are possible)


 

3.2 Why have you not yet had any experience with recognition of academic achievements? (multiple answers are possible)


3.3


 

 

Recognition of academic achievements from study abroad 


 

3.4Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of academic achievements from study abroad, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 

3.5Was it a curricular (obligatory) or non-curricular (voluntary) study abroad?

3.6Was there a cooperation between the home university and the other university abroad?

3.7Did you complete a learning agreement before going abroad?

3.8Was the university abroad in the European Union?

3.9Was the study abroad part of the ERASMUS programme?

3.10Was your study abroad organized by an institution/programme other than ERASMUS?

3.11Was your study abroad supported by a scholarship?

3.12Did you get advising from your university while applying for recognition of academic achievements completed during study abroad?

3.13

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.14Why did you not get advising?

3.15


3.16Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

3.17Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

3.18Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

3.19

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.20Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of academic achievements from study abroad?    

3.21

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.22

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.23

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.24

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.25

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.26

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

3.27

3.28

 

 

Recognition of foreign academic achievements after a change of university (from abroad to Germany) 


3.29Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of foreign academic achievements at your current university after a transfer from abroad to Germany, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 

3.30Were the studies abroad completed within the European Union.

3.31Did you get advising from your current university while applying for recognition of academic achievements completed at a another university abroad?

3.32

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.33Why did you not get advising?

3.34


3.35Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

3.36Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

3.37Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

3.38

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.39Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of academic achievements completed in the context of studying abroad?    

3.40

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.41

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.42

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.43

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.44

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.45

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

3.46

3.47

 

 

Recognition of academic achievements after a change of university (within Germany) 


3.48Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of academic achievements at your current university after a change of university, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 

3.49The change of university took place….

3.50


3.51Did you get advising from your university while applying for the recognition of academic achievements in the context of a change of university?

3.52

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.53Why did you not get advising?

3.54


3.55Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

3.56Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

3.57Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

3.58

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.59Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of academic achievements completed in Germany in the context of a change of university?    

3.60

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.61

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.62

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.63

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.64

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.65

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

3.66

3.67

 

 

Recognition of academic achievements in the context of a change of degree programme (within your current university) 


3.68Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of academic achievements at your current university due to a change of degree programme, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions. 

 

3.69Did you get advising from your university while applying for the recognition of academic achievements in the context of a change of degree programme?

3.70

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.71Why did you not get advising?

3.72


3.73Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

3.74Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

3.75Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

3.76

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.77Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of academic achievements completed in Germany in the context of a change of degree programme?    

3.78

78 It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.79

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.80

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.81

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.82

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.83

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

3.84

3.85

 

 

Recognition of other academic achievements completed in Germany and/or abroad 


3.86Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of other academic achievements at your current university, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 
3.87


3.88Did you get advising from your university while applying for the recognitions of other academic achievements?

3.89

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I am very satisfied

I am very unsatisfied



3.90Why did you not get advising?

3.91


3.92Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

3.93Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

3.94Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision? 

3.95

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



3.96Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences in connection with the recognition of other academic achievements?  

3.97

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.98

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.99

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.100

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.101

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.102

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

3.103

3.104

 
 

 

General aspects on the topic of recognition of academic achievements    


 
 

To what extent do you agree with the following statements?    

3.105

At my university, the recognition of academic achievements completed abroad is proactively supported.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.106

At my university, sufficient information is available on the topic of recognition of academic achievements completed abroad.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.107

At my university, information (e.g. information flyers, leaflets, checklists, etc.) on the topic of recognition of academic achievements completed abroad is available digitally.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 
3.108

At my university, the recognition of academic achievements completed in Germany is proactively supported.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.109

At my university, sufficient information is available on the topic of recognition of academic achievements completed in Germany.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



3.110

At my university, information (e.g. information flyers, leaflets, checklists, etc.) on the topic of recognition of academic achievements completed in Germany is available digitally.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 
 

To what extent do you consider it necessary to improve the following aspects at your university regarding the recognition of academic achievements?    

3.111

Provide more accessible information

Very high demand

No (further) demand



3.112

Offer more digital processes

Very high demand

No (further) demand



3.113

Create more advising opportunities

Very high demand

No (further) demand



3.114

Simplify recognition processes overall

Very high demand

No (further) demand



3.115

Clearly communicate responsibilities

Very high demand

No (further) demand



3.116


4Recognition of prior learning outside of higher education

 
 

The following is about your assessments and experiences with the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications.    

 

4.1 What aspects of recognition of prior learning have you dealt with so far? (multiple answers are possible)


 

4.2 Why have you not yet had any experience with recognition of prior learning? (multiple answers are possible)


4.3


 

 

Recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired during vocational training 


4.4Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired during vocational training, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions. 

 

4.5Did you get advising from your university while of applying for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired during vocational training?

4.6

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.7Why did you not get advising?

4.8


4.9Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

4.10Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

4.11Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

4.12

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.13Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications from vocational training?    

4.14

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.15

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.16

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.17

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.18

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.19

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

4.20

4.21

 

 

Recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired in practical or professional experience 


4.22Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired from practical or professional experience, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 

4.23Did you get advising from your university while applying for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired during practical or professional experience?

4.24

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.25Why did you not get advising?

4.26


4.27Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

4.28Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

4.29 Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

4.30

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.31Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications from your practical or professional experience?    

4.32

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.33

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.34

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.35

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.36

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.37

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

4.38

4.39

 

 

Recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired in further education and training 


4.40Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired in further education and training, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 

4.41Did you get advising from your university while applying for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired in further education and training?

4.42

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.43Why did you not get advising?

4.44


4.45Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

4.46Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

4.47Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

4.48

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.49Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications from further education and training?    

4.50

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.51

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.52

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.53

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.54

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.55

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

4.56

4.57

 

 

Recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired elsewhere 


4.58Did you apply for recognition at the same university you are currently enrolled at?

 
 

Please note: If you have already submitted several applications for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired elsewhere, please refer to the most recently submitted application when answering the following questions.    

 
4.59


4.60Did you get advising from your university while applying for recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired elsewhere?

4.61

How satisfied were you with the advising?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.62Why did you not get advising?

4.63


4.64Were you informed about your right of appeal against the decision?

4.65Did you take advantage of your right to file an appeal?

4.66Did you receive advising during your appeal against the decision?

4.67

How satisfied were you with the advising received during your appeal against the decision?

I was very satisfied

I was very unsatisfied



4.68Was your appeal against the decision successful?

 
 

To what extent do the following statements apply to your experiences with the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications from elsewhere?    

4.69

It was clear to me whom to contact with my application.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.70

The process was transparent.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.71

The processing time was appropriate.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.72

The application was very time-consuming.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.73

The decision regarding my application was understandable for me.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.74

I felt that my concern was taken seriously.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 

4.75

4.76

 

 

General aspects on the topic of recognition of prior learning    


 
 

To what extent do you agree with the following statements?    

4.77

At my university, the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired outside of higher education is proactively supported.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.78

At my university, sufficient information is available on the topic of recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired outside of higher education.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



4.79

At my university, information (e.g. information flyers, leaflets, checklists, etc.) on the topic of recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications acquired outside of higher education is available digitally.

I completely agree

I strongly disagree



 
 

To what extent do you consider it necessary to improve the following aspects at your university regarding the recognition of non-academic competences and qualifications?    

4.80

Provide more accessible information

Very high demand

No (further) demand



4.81

Offer more digital processes

Very high demand

No (further) demand



4.82

Create more counselling opportunities

Very high demand

No (further) demand



4.83

Simplify the recognition processes overall

Very high demand

No (further) demand



4.84

Clearly communicate responsibilities

Very high demand

No (further) demand



4.85


 

5Personal Data

5.1What kind of institution of higher education are you currently attending?

5.2


5.3Are you studying at a state or a private institution of higher education?

5.4Approximately how many students are enrolled at your institution of higher education?

5.5What kind of degree are you currently pursuing?

5.6Are you studying in a distance learning programme?

5.7To which subject group can your study programme most closely be assigned?

5.8


5.9In which semester are you currently studying?

5.10Which university entrance qualification do you have?

5.11


5.12Where did you acquire your university entrance qualification?

5.13Your gender?

6Personal Code

 
 

In Summer Semester 2024 we would like to repeat this survey. In order to gather data on long-term developments, we would like to match your current answers with your later responses. To preserve participants’ anonymity, we will use a personal code which is entered during each survey. This code consists of a combination of letters and digits that only you are able to provide and it is simple to generate. 

 
 

Of course, creating a personal code is optional.    

 
 

The personal code consists of the following letters and digits:
 

 

1. Please enter the first two letters of your mother’s first name (for example: MAria). 

 

2. Please add the two digits of your mother’s month of birth (for example: February = 02). 

 

3. Please add the first two letters of your father’s first name (for example: THomas). 

 

4. Please add the two digits of your father’s month of birth (for example: December = 12). 

 

5. Please add the two digits of your own month of birth (for example: July = 07). 

 
 

In this example, the personal code would be: MA02TH1207. 

 
 

In case you are not able to provide specific information, please add the number 99 instead of the required letters/digits. For example, if you do not know your father’s month of birth the personal code in our example would be MA02TH9907. 

 

6.1


 
 

In order to complete the survey and submit your answers, please click on "Submit" and confirm with "OK".    

 
 

Thank you for your support and participation!