Following the recommendations of UNESCO, the Egracons conversion tool will link degrees to ISCED codes. The ISCED fields of Education and training are used by UNESCO/Eurostat/OECD to classify degrees into disciplines. A new classification was agreed upon in 2013 by Unesco. The ISCED-2013 F classification comprises about 80 fields of education (detailed level = four digits). The detailed fields (the third hierarchical level of the classification) are intended mainly for use at the tertiary level of education (see manual
). If you want to code at a higher level, one or two digits ‘8’ are added. In this way 4 digits can be used at all times.
At the highest one-digit level the following 11 broad groups of fields of education are distinguished: 00 Generic Programmes and qualifications, 01. Education, 02. Humanities and arts, 03. Social sciences, journalism and information, 04. Business administration and law, 05. Natural Sciences, mathematics and statistics, 06. Information and Communication Technologies, 07. Engineeering, manufacturing and construction, 08. Agriculture, forestry and veterinary, 09. Health and welfare, and 10.Services. Read more here
The Egracons project proposes that degree programmes (of the same cycle) under the same ISCED study field codes are aggregated to make up one single reference group (discipline) according to a 4-digit code. The grading tables are submitted per degree, but the degrees are combined automatically to ISCED discipline codes inside the tool. This makes it possible to search both by degree title and ISCED code. The choice of the codes is critical because, in order to make the conversion simpler, it should be uniformly applied by HEIs of each country (or educational system of a region). This makes it possible to have a one-to-one correspondence between reference groups of different countries. Comparing grading tables based on individual degree programmes would not offer this correspondence, as they cannot be readily compared, may be statistically unstable and be too dependent on the grading behaviour of individual professors.
The requirement of providing 4-digit codes was incorporated in the new grading table template available now at the EGRACONS website. All availabe codes can be accessed there as well (see list
). The new Grading Table Template can be accessed at http://egracons.eu/document/grading-table-instructions-and-template
. It now offers the possibility of supplying the English translation of degree titles at the host university as well, as these are easier to understand by the people converting the grades at the home university.
Universities willing to submit their grading tables are now asked to use the templates available and send them to the project team at: Valere.Meus@UGent.be
, preferably before the summer. This makes it possible to include them in the first operational version of the tool to be presented at the EAIE conference in Glasgow