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Records and analytical information system for higher education in the Republic of Slovenia

Policy Instrument

Records and analytical information system for higher education in the Republic of Slovenia

Evidenčni in analitski informacijski sistem visokega šolstva v Republiki Sloveniji (eVŠ)
Slovenia

Description

Timespan

December 2012 onwards

Stage

Roll-out

Foundations

Policy area

eVŠ is an analytical tool supporting evidence-based policy making in higher education, and is also available to HEIs.

Policy goal

eVŠ was developed for the purposes of:
- determining students’ eligibility to study and other rights chargeable to public funds.
- HE policy planning and the monitoring of the HE system.
- the monitoring of a network of HE institutions and study programmes.
- the monitoring of the employability of higher education graduates, which will enable appropriate professional and career counselling and will provide the basis for forecasting the needs for higher education staff in the labour market.
- public information.
- for research, analytical and statistical purposes, i.e. for the implementation of statistical, social and economic and other research activities in the area of HE. eVŠ addresses the fundamental need for the monitoring of students' employability, related to the question of transition from education system to labour market, and the problem of poor competencies - work match. eVŠ also addresses the general public policy trend of increased transparency, accountability and evidence-based decision-making, the growing international competitiveness of HEIs and the ever-increasing need for collecting and processing data.

Mismatch

Part of broader programme, yet with explicit focus

Monitoring of the employability of higher education graduates for the purpose of professional and career counselling, and forecasting the demand for higher education staff represents one, among many, eVŠ functions.

Administrative level

National

Main responsible body

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Higher Education Directorate

Stakeholders

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Directorate for HE: eVŠ management (development, maintenance), user support
Ministry of Public Administration: managing infrastructure, provision of data exchange platform, technical support
The Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (SQAA): data on HEIs and study programmes
HEIs: users

Funding

In 2017, the eVŠ (Records and analytical information system for higher education in the Republic of Slovenia) received additional funding for the purpose of its upgrade. The 'Establishing a system for monitoring the employability of higher education graduates in Slovenia and upgrade of eVŠ' project is valued at €500,000. The share of co-financing by the ESF is 80%. The project will last until 2020.

Intended beneficiaries

Since this is a system measure, all relevant higher education and labour market stakeholders will benefit: young graduates, HEIs, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Employment service of Slovenia (ESS), and Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SORS). Labour market stakeholders will use the data to identify current and project future labour market supply. HE stakeholders will use data for planning and monitoring purposes - monitoring of the employability of higher education graduates and forecasting the needs for higher education staff in the labour market, and to provide appropriate career counselling. Young graduates will benefit from more effective career counselling.

Processes

Use of labour market intelligence

This is the new LMSI platform being developed from ground up. eVŠ is comprised of a database with numerous registers: HE institution register, study program register, student and graduate register, register of calls for enrolment, register of people registered for enrolment, register of people who have applied for subsidised student accommodation, job-seeker register, education grant register and Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia insurance holders' register. Available data will allow determining students’ eligibility to study, HE policy planning and monitoring of the HE system, monitoring of HE institutions network and study programs, the analysis of graduates´ employability, and analysis of permeability from school education to higher education.

Financial schemes

None

Frequency of updates

The development of eVŠ is still not completed.

Development

eVŠ is still not developed and implemented to its full extent.

Barriers

Not known.

Success factors

Recent changes of the Higher Education Act enacted the legal basis for provision of data.

Monitoring

Not yet available. Up to now the project progress has been monitored through an internal monitoring process by the developmental team.

Innovativeness

Slightly innovative

Connecting different national registers for the monitoring needs related to educational systems and transition to labour market is already well developed in other EU countries. However, Slovenia has yet to developed a fully functional comprehensive system and integrate it in the policy making process.

Sustainability

Evidence of effectiveness

Not yet known.

Engagement of stakeholders

The LMSI is being developed on the basis of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020.

Transferability

Not easily transferable

Difficult to specify, since successful transferability is to great extent related to specific data needs and existing data collected at a national level.

Sustainability

The LMSI upgrade project is being financed predominately out of ESF and is thus bound up to successful implementation.