During 2016 ADEE contracted Anderson Policy Consulting to carry out the first ADEE member survey in many years. The aim of the survey was to assess and gain additional insight and a more thorough understanding of ADEE member schools, the programmes they deliver, their National context and specificities and other key data that might enhance the initiatives of ADEE and other stakeholders involved or otherwise interested in Dental Education.
In so doing, we hope to gain leverage to advance the outcomes of future initiatives as we seek to overcome potential trans-European mismatches between different Higher Education systems and the oral care needs defined by sound Public Health policies.
The survey instrument was designed by a representative workgroup drawing together members from from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal , Spain, Scandinavia and the UK.
Given the considerable diversity with ADEE membership and the limited resources available to the project, it was concluded to focus in the initial survey on some core questions that were of current interest to ADEE members. It was hoped the results would provide a broader understanding that might better able ADEE to present the case for Dental Education within the European arena. As a result, our initial focus was on issues such as length of programme, use of integration and technologies, funding and student profile.
ADEE designated contacts or Deans were asked to assign the survey to a relevant staff member for completion. Thus, each school who responded did so through the Dean’s office.
While ADEE acknowledges that this survey has a limited focus and population - with 85 responses from within 25 countries (individual country response rates varying from 50 to 100%) - this initiative sets in motion a more broad and comprehensive process that aims to safeguard trust regarding Dental Education within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). ADEE deems such an objective as particularly relevant, in a time when automatic recognition of qualifications has become a reality that enables students and graduates to move easily throughout Europe and when our mission as Educators is expected to move one-step forward towards the building of inclusive societies, founded on democratic values and human rights.
ADEE views this survey as the first in a series of similar exercises over the coming years that will further explore issues of concern to its membership, help raise awareness of existing and potential issues, allow bench marking and comparisons and ultimately advance the Quality of Dental Education within ADEE member schools and throughout Europe.