INTERNAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF KAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES STUDY PROGRAM “SOFTWARE SYSTEMS” FROM THE STUDENTS’ POINT OF VIEW
The popularization of quality assurance systems in educational institutions and business enterprises encourages the implementation of internal quality assurance systems in most Lithuanian higher education institutions. Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Kaunas UAS) strives to remain competitive in the education system and is responsible for ensuring internal quality, implementation and improvement of the system. For this purpose, it conducts regular reviews of study programs based on the views of students, graduates, faculty, and employers. In order to improve the activities of the Kaunas UAS, it periodically conducts surveys and research of students in order to find out their opinion on the internal quality assessment. It requires feedback, which is most commonly used in student surveys. The aim of the article is to present the internal quality assessment of the Kaunas UAS study program “Software System” from the students’ point of view. In this case, feedback from 1st and 2nd year students on this study program was selected. The students’ survey was performed remotely by filling out questionnaires created with Google Forms. During the research, the strengths and areas of improvement of the study program, satisfaction with distance learning and its influence on the results of the subjects were analyzed. Statistical data analysis was used for students' survey results. The correlation coefficient was calculated to assess the statistical relationship between two aspects of the questionnaire. Students' point of view for the Software Systems study program quality assurance and distance learning are provided. The recommendation about the future improvement for internal quality and distance learning are provided. The future possibilities of distance learning are discussed. The majority of students (60%) are satisfied with the distance learning because this opened up wider possibilities to plan their time and master new learning methods.