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ACA Papers: Erasmus in the SOCRATES Programme, Findings of an Evaluation Study

Ulrich Teichler. Bonn: Lemmens 2002. ISBN 3-932306-41-4.

ERASMUS, the “flagship” among the educational programmes of the European Union, underwent substanial programmatic and structural changes when it became a sub-programme under the umbrella of the SOCRATES programme in the mid-1990s. The role of the center of the university was strengthened at the expenses of the networks of departements, and more emphasis was placed on curricular innovation, teaching staff mobility and on involvement of the non-mobile students. This study, being part of the SOCRATES 2000 Evaluation Study, aims to examine the changes occurred in ERASMUS in the late 1990s. It draws from available documents and statistics, and comprises surveys of students, graduates and academics as well as interviews with those involved in curricular innovation and “thematic networks”. The authors call for efforts to keep academics involved, to establish administrative procedures based on trust and to ensure a stronger role of curricular innovation.