AN INNOVATION EXPERIENCE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF UNIVERSITY DEGREES INVOLVING BACHELOR THESES, RECOGNITION AND TRANSFER OF CREDITS AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS IN THE FACULTY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE OF THE COMPLUTENSE UNIVERSITY (MADRID)
We are currently developing a project that targets quality innovation for university degrees and is supported by the Quality Office from the Complutense University of Madrid. This project was initiated last June and aimed at developing protocols and tools to improve the coordination of the undergraduate programs offered at the School of Political Sciences and Sociology of the Complutense University of Madrid.
This project originated from the problems and key challenges faced by the coordinators after being appointed to their positions, including a lack of organization and information regarding the facilitation of horizontal coordination, as well as a lack of computer tools to support the management of some activities such as the organization of the supervision of Bachelor theses or the recognition and transfer of Credits.
Since 2009, when the first bachelor's degrees were offered within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), we have developed different strategies in the management of the undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty. However, this work has not been systematized so far. In order to share procedures of managing different tasks relative to the coordination of the undergraduate programs, we organized a meeting on November 3rd, entitled: “Innovation in the Management of Degrees”. The meeting included four sessions featuring the analysis and exchange of experiences regarding the horizontal and vertical coordination of the degrees (definitions, aims, registration systems ...), Bachelor theses, and credit transfer and recognition. A total of 16 coordinators involved in the management of degrees at both the graduate and postgraduate levels at the Complutense University of Madrid were invited and contributed with their knowledge and experience with different protocols and digital tools, such as those for the organization of the Bachelor theses, and help and support programs for students.