For Greater Family-Friendliness in German Higher Education Institutions

Project duration: 01.03.2011 - 28.02.2014

Project team: Anna Schelling, Kathrin Samjeske, Wei Shen (WTS), David Brodesser

Project management: Dr. Susann Kunadt

Scientific department: Specialized Information for the Social Sciences (FIS) / Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS)

The aim of this three-year project is to create a web-based consultation and information platform for universities, based on scientific findings and surveys. The platform will, above all, present effective measures for promoting family-friendliness at German universities at various operating levels and differentiated according to target groups.

The scientific knowledge creation comprises a systematic review of national and international studies on the effectiveness of family friendly measures as well as other parallelized surveys.

Survey A - Scientific Personnel (Sample of 4 universities)

  • Quantitative approach: complete survey of the universities’ scientific personnel; survey of effects of family friendly measures.
  • Qualitative approach: researching the effects of family friendly measures on the conduct practices and implicit beliefs of university directors and decision makers.

Survey B - Students (conducted by the HIS-Institute for Research on Higher Education (HIS-Institut für Hochschulforschung, HIS-HF))

  • Online questionnaire based on the HISBUS-Panels; survey of the effects of family friendly measures
  • Quantitative approach (sample of 2 universities): a complete survey of the students; a survey of the effects of family friendly measures.

The results of the scientific analyses are summarized in a multi-dimensional action compendium documenting both the effectiveness of measures as well as examples of good practice. The results and good practice examples will be made available on the online platform, along with literature references related to the topic, a consultation offer, project news and events of interest. For more information about the project see www.familienfreundliche-wissenschaft.org (online available until December 2018).


HIS – Institute for Research on Higher Education

Programme "Familie in der Hochschule" (CHE-Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Bundesministerium des Innern, Robert Bosch Stiftung)