UNIVERSITY STUDY QUALITY: UNDERSTANDING, IMPROVEMENT, INFLUENTIAL FACTORS
Authors: Vincentas Lamanauskas, Rita Makarskaitė-Petkevičienė
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University study quality questions do not lose actuality. On the contrary, this becomes an object of intense discussions. Universities are in pursuit of study quality, because such is their purpose. However, in a public space, quite a big concern is observed in an insufficient, dissatisfying the clients study quality. It is necessary to understand, that students are not only passive study participants, they can and they should take the initiative in the improvement of the study quality. As competent study process participants, students have not only the obligation to learn, be active and responsible, but to require qualitative work from the other participants of this process. It happens quite often, that requirements are subjective, groundless. As studies are a continual process, every raised problem, correction or supplement made, contribute to the improvement.
It was sought by this research to ascertain university students’ position regarding study quality questions. Eighty students from two Lithuanian universities participated in a qualitative research. Study quality is basically understood as a suitable study process organisation. According to the respondents’ evaluation, academic process participant quality pursuit mostly determines the study quality. Study participant uncompetitiveness and study programme and their realisation inappropriateness worsen the study quality mostly. The essential personal effort seeking study process quality is self-motivation and responsibility.