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MAASTRICHT. Again, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has received a yellow card for one of its programmes. This time it is for the research master’s of European Studies, as was announced by the auditors of Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) last Tuesday. In 2013, six other FASoS programmes were also deemed insufficient.
The programme “shows shortcomings in essential areas,” the panel of experts writes. For example, the education programme lacks “coherence and focus” and the relation between content and methodological subjects is insufficient. These “problem areas” had already been identified by NVAO in 2008 when the programme was launched, “but this criticism has obviously not been sufficiently taken to heart,” the report continues. During the hearing with the Maastricht contacts, the committee again lacked “a sense of urgency to solve the problems that were identified”.
Education official for the faculty board, Jo Wachelder, points out that those responsible most certainly “have taken matters to heart” with regard to the recommendations made in 2008. As far as the lack of “a sense of urgency” by the present management is concerned, he replies: “At the time of the committee’s visit, we already had a revised curriculum for 2014-2015. Apparently they felt that it did not go far enough. Proposals for further adaptations have been made in our recovery plan.”
The faculty, which was informed of this judgment during the summer, will get two years to remedy the shortcomings. The recovery plan has meanwhile been submitted and approved.