Assessment support panel

Assessment Support Panel

** Currently, there is a vacancy for a teacher member (examiner). More information is available at the bottom of this page **

The Assessment Support Panel (ASP) is part of the Board of Examiners and responsible for the quality of assessment. The ASP monitors the quality of:

  • assessment procedures;
  • written course exams, either by random sampling or upon request;
  • scoring of complex tasks, including scoring of presentations of scientific data, of theses and of research projects (by random sampling).

The ASP collects and assesses information on:

  • Cum Laude graduates of the School per programme;
  • percentages of passes per course;
  • grades for thesis and research projects (average and a frequency table); if possible per department.

The ASP advises on:

  • implementing optimal procedures to ensure valid and reliable assessment of learning outcomes;
  • professional development of examiners/staff with respect to assessment, based on the survey of assessment quality within GSLS programmes.

The ASP functions as a think tank: the members of the assessment panel possess or acquire knowledge of assessment theory and of the applicability of the multiple forms of assessment for the various educational goals set by the GSLS programmes.

Members of the Assessment Support Panel:

 dr. ir. I.E.T. (Inge) van den Berg (chair)

Department of Genetics

 drs. A. (Annemarie) Heersche 

Pharmaceutical Sciences

 dr. E. (Esther) de Graaff

Cell Biology

 dr. M.W.H.C (Marianne) Bol-Schoenmakers

Institute for Risk Assessment 

 dr. ir. K.L. (Koen) Vincken

Image Sciences Institute

 dr. Kirsten Koymans (advisor, secretary)

Biomedical Sciences



More information and contact
For questions or advise regarding assessment, please contact the Assessment Support Panel.

dr. ir. Inge van den Berg

 drs. Annemarie Heersche

 dr. Esther de Graaff

 dr. Marianne Bol - Schoenamakers

 dr. ir. Koen Vincken

 dr. Kirsten Koymans

Vacancy information: please click PDF iconhere

The Assessment Panel monitors the quality of:

  • assessment procedures of the GSLS programmes as a whole
  • assessment procedures of the individual curriculum components
  • course exams, either by random sampling or upon request
  • assessment of complex tasks (e.g. presentations of scientific data, theses, research projects) by random sampling

The Assessment Panel collects and evaluates information on:

  • student perception of assessment
  • success rates
  • percentages of candidates achieving cum laude
  • grades for written assignments and research projects

The Assessment Panel advises on:

  • implementing effective assessment procedures
  • aligning assessment with learning outcomes set by the GSLS programmes
  • developing assessment matrices
  • grading written assignments
  • designing rubrics
  • professional development of examiners and staff with respect to assessment

The main task is to support coordinators and teachers in solving assessment-related issues. They will provide answers to your questions concerning assessment, i.e.

  • What is the best way to grade written assignments?
  • How can I improve the quality of my exam questions (both open ended and multiple choice)?
  • How do I design questions testing at various cognitive levels (knowledge, insight, or application)
  • How do I determine the distinction between pass and fail?
  • How can I evaluate the quality of my exam using psychometric analysis?
  • How do I interpret the psychometric values obtained?
  • How can I incorporate participation in group work activities in the (final) grade of the course?
  • etc.

Contact the Assessment Panel.

  • Development of rubrics for research reports, practical skill and presentation skills.

  • Paper “Cijfers in de master meester: hoe consistent is de beoordeling van stages en scripties bj de Graduate School of Life Sciences (UU)?”.