Methodology of Felvi rankings 2009
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Data from Representative Questionnaire Studies
Precedents. The whole research program launched in 2000 upon the initiative of the Universitas Press Higher Education Research Atelier, supported by the OFIK. National representative questionnaire studies commissioned by the OFIK were implemented by the Mimikri Opinion and Market Research Ltd., the Universitas Press Higher Education Research Atelier and the JELTÁRS Contemporary Social Research Workshop in the spring of 2001, involving university students in Hungary (4870 persons); in the spring of 2005, involving college students in Hungary (6850 persons);in the spring of 2006 and 2007, involving students studying at 9 and 7 Bachelor or unified programs respectively. The full description of the results is available in the Egyetemek mérlegen (Universities on the Scales, 2003) and the Felvi Rangsor 2006 (Admissions Rankings 2006) publications of the OFIK, and the methodologies are described in detail in the same publications, as well as in the HVG Diploma 2007 and the 2008 Felvi-rangsorok (2008 Admissions Rankings) publications and on the OFIK homepage (www.felvi.hu).
Student opinion survey by programs. A survey involving university and college students of Hungarian citizenship applying to full time programs in the spring of 2006 and 2007 (5158 and 5450 respectively), based on personal questioning, standard questionnaires and stratified sampling. The partial samples by faculties generally comprised 90-100 students, or 50-75 students in the case of faculties with low students numbers. Researchers took representative samples at the faculties by the sex of students, the chosen program and the student numbers in each year of study. The samples questioned were built up in accordance with the official higher education statistical guide of the Ministry of Education and Culture. Sample error was between 0-1,5 per cent (national sample), and 0-9 per cent (samples by institutions).
Surveyed Bachelor programs. In 2006, survey was conducted in faculties where the traditional programs matching the current Bachelor program had been provided for several years, whereas in 2007 it was carried out in every institution where full time programs were launched in the given disciplines in the 2007/2008 academic year. The following Bachelor programs and unified programs were included in the survey:
- 2006: Biology, Food Engineering, Business Administration and Management, Mechanical Engineering, Law, Computer Engineer, Medicine, Psychology, History
- 2007: English Studies, Health Care, Mathematics, International Business, International Studies, Computer Program Designer, Electrical Engineering
In addition to the above, another 7 Bachelor programs were included in the survey, for which we only collected data by questionnaire in the faculty attracting the highest number of applicants by program, rather than all the institutions offering the program. Accordingly, no rankings for institutions were prepared here: analyses related to the given faculty only. Programs and faculties surveyed in 2007 were the following: Civil Engineering (BME-ÉÖK), Military Management (ZMNE-KHK), Environmental Engineering (BMF-RKK), Mechatronics Engineering (BME-GÉK), Recreation and Health Improvement Management (SE-TSK), Elementary school Teacher (ELTE-TÓFK), Textile Designer (MOME).
- 1. General principles of ranking
- 2. Data types
- 3. Application and admission data
- 4. Applicants to fee-paying programs
- 5. Data from Representative Questionnaire Studies
- 6. The questionnaire