INDONESIA TRACER STUDY NETWORK
Indonesia Tracer Study Network (INDOTRACE) is a medium of knowledge and experience sharing in planning, implementation, analysis and interpretation of Tracer Studies among universities in Indonesia. Career Development Center Universitas Indonesia (CDC-UI) as implementer of UI Tracer Study is the host for INDOTRACE. In the National Seminar and Training “Tracer Study Field Preparation Phase” which was held in Depok on the 5th of August 2010, participants from 24 higher education institutions in Indonesia has expressed their interest to join in INDOTRACE. Those 24 institutions are:
The membership of INDOTRACE is open, non-binding, and free of charge for individuals (management, researcher, academic staff) and higher education institution in Indonesia, both private and state-owned, all types of institution (polytechnic, sekolah tinggi, academy, university) and all structural levels (department, faculty, university). Beside the above mentioned members, INDOTRACE will also collaborate with candidates and participants of UNITRACE, an international training on Tracer Study which is organized by INCHER, University of Kassel, Germany starting from year 2010.
Objectives of INDOTRACE establishment
INDOTRACE Working Mechanism
As a first step, INDOTRACE will implement a soft launching of a program called as Indonesia Graduate Monitoring System (INDOGRAMS) that is a system to monitor graduates of higher education institutions in Indonesia. The core activity of INDOGRAMS is the implementation of Tracer Study, which is comparable in both national and international level. Through this activity, it is expected that inputs for higher education improvement in Indonesia could be obtained. INDOGRAMS could produce information on professional success and analysis on impact of higher education.
Tracer Study to be conducted by members of INDOTRACE is the core activity of INDOGRAMS. The standard core questionnaire will be used in those surveys as to get comparable results. The survey, therefore, will have multi-function effect: it will not only provide feedback to the institution but also provide inputs for other higher education stakeholders in Indonesia.
A central unit of INDOTRACE is obliged to provide services and assistances, consultation and facilitation on management and methodological aspect of tracer study. There is a division of localities of INDOTRACE, which so far consists of 4 Knots that is Sumatera (Knot Coordinator: Universitas Riau); DKI Jakarta, West Java, and Kalimantan (Knot Coordinator: UI); Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java (Knot Coordinator: ITS); and Eastern part of Indonesia (Knot Coordinator: Unhas). Each institution should appoint one INDOGRAMS Coordinator to manage the implementation of the survey.
INDOGRAMS was planned to be started by 2011. However, this is to be postponed until assessment of readiness and willingness of participants is conducted. All INDOTRACE members should prepare themselves. The preparation includes:
It is expected that INDOTRACE could pioneer and lead researches in higher education from different dimensions, could provide data and evidence as inputs for national education policy, national workforce policy, and continuous higher education quality assurance. Thus, INDOTRACE would contribute significantly to the advance of education and the intellectualization of the nation.