FAQ

FAQ about the survey process

Here you can find a diagram of the survey process.

When surveyed around one to two years after obtaining their degree, most graduates will be either pursuing further studies or will have already gained some work experience. They can evaluate their studies from their current perspective and provide information on their transition to a further degree programme or to working life, as well as how their studies prepared them for their career.

The graduates are invited by mail and/or email to take part in the survey. In order to ensure high participation, up to three reminders are sent out following the initial invitation.

The invitation includes a link and an individual TAN, with which the graduates can access the questionnaire.

The questionnaire includes items relating to the study process, the study satisfaction, the transition to further studies or employment, as well as to the current (work) situation. There are different questionnaire versions for Bachelor and Master graduates and graduates with a teaching degree or a PhD.

Completing the questionnaire for Bachelor graduates takes approximately 20 minutes. The questionnaire for Master graduates and graduates with a teaching degree or a PhD takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire can be left at any time and continued at a later date by re-entering the individual TAN.

In the questionnaire for Bachelor graduates, the responses can be saved by using the button „Save temporarily“ and can be completed until the questionnaire is submitted.

In the questionnaire for Master graduates, graduates with a teaching degree or a PhD, all responses are saved as soon as a respondent leaves a page using the „Forward“ or „Back“ buttons. They can be completed until the end of the field phase.

Filling in the questionnaire on a mobile phone is possible. However, due to the length of some of the response options, not all of the questions will be optimally displayed. We therefore recommend filling in the questionnaire on a tablet, laptop or PC.

There are three possible reasons:

  • No up-to-date address is available: Address research is very time-consuming. In some cases, an invitation can only be sent out after the survey has officially commenced. In rare cases, no valid address can be found until the end of the field phase (e.g. when the graduate moved abroad).
  • Due to the low numbers, graduates of Diplom and Magister degree programmes are no longer surveyed.
  • Graduates of collaborative degree programmes that are not administered at the TU Darmstadt are also not surveyed.

FAQ about data protection

The lawfulness of processing personal data for the purpose of evaluation is laid down in Article 6 (1e) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These requirements are specified in Section 12 (7) of the Hessian Higher Education Act (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz – HHG).

Objection to the use of the address data is possible at any time.

All students provide their address data when first enrolling at TU Darmstadt. The data of all graduates of the respective graduation year is extracted from TUCaN and stored in a secure manner. All data is accessible only to the project employees of the Center for Educational Development and Technology (Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitsstelle – HDA) and will be deleted once the survey is completed. Data in non-electronic form will be destroyed. The address data is not passed to our cooperation partner Institute of Applied Statistics (Institut für angewandte Statistik – ISTAT) or any other third parties.

Since the available postal addresses are often outdated at the time the survey is conducted, they are updated via the residents‘ registration offices (Einwohnermeldeämter). Email addresses are obtained with the help of the Offices for Student Affairs, provided the graduates have not objected to the disclosure of their email address for the purpose of the survey. In some cases, professional addresses of the graduates are researched on publicly accessible websites.

No information about the respondents (e.g. IP address) is saved and no cookies are installed on their devices.

The survey data of the Bachelor graduates collected by the HDA is cleansed by the project employees of the HDA. The survey data of the Master graduates, the graduates with a teaching degree or a PhD are cleansed by our project partner Institute of Applied Statistics (Institut für angewandte Statistik – ISTAT) and made available to the project employees of the Center for Educational Development and Technology (Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitsstelle – HDA).

The analysis of the survey data and the communication of the results to the various user groups is carried out exclusively in aggregated form and does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about individual respondents. In addition, ISTAT compiles an anonymous overall data set (scientific use file), which contains the responses of all graduates from the higher education institutions participating in the project. From this data set, no conclusions can be drawn about individual higher education institutions or individual respondents. It is used exclusively for scientific purposes.

FAQ about the usage of the survey data

The survey data is analysed and made available to the various user groups in aggregated form. The results are primarily used for the quality assurance and development of study and teaching at the TU Darmstadt. In addition, they offer orientation for prospective and current students regarding the transition to further degree programmes or doctorates, as well as potential job market opportunities.

Our cooperation partner Institute for Applied Statistics (ISTAT – Institut für angewandte Statistik) also compiles an anonymous overall data set (scientific use file) from the survey data of the Master graduates and the graduates with a teaching degree or a PhD. This data set contains all responses of the graduates from the higher education institutions participating in the survey and is used exclusively for scientific purposes in the field of higher education and labour market research.

University-wide analysis

Central results of the survey of the Bachelor and Master graduates are processed regularly and made available for download. Data on the response rate and representativeness for each graduation year is processed in a methodology report.

Analysis on the level of the degree programmes

For analysis on the level of the individual degree programmes, the data sets of two survey years are combined and – if sufficient case numbers are available – processed in report form and transmitted to the deans of studies and the study coordinators. If you are interested in these results, please contact the respective deans of studies.

Specific analysis

In addition to the regular reports, specific data analysis is prepared for each graduation year, for example on particular groups (e.g. international graduates) or on specific questions (e.g. about employment situation or employers). If you are interested in requesting a specific data analysis, please contact the .