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BSA standard raised

Students who do not want to be sent away as a result of a binding study advice, will have to do better in first year. The School of Business and Economics is raising its BSA standard from 34 to 47 credits as of September 2012. The faculty council approved the measure last Thursday. The programme committee had already given the go-ahead in January.

The idea is that a higher BSA standard will motivate students to study harder, as a result of which they will get their degree more quickly. This is more important now than ever, with a view to the regulation (langstudeerdersregeling) in case of exceeding the official study length, which includes fines for both the student and the university concerned.

The lower limit will be set at 47 credits because of all SBE students who make it through first year, the lion’s share (81 per cent) manages to get at least 47 credits. And a large majority of these ‘survivors’ also complete their bachelor’s within four years. This was shown in an analysis of the cohort that started in 2007 and should have finished last September.

The new standard applied to the cohort of 2007, shows that quite a few long-studying students (6.6 per cent of the first-year students) would have been sent home with a binding study advice. On the other hand, 3.6 per cent of the students who made a slow start, but still managed to finish on time, would have been sent away undeservedly. Harold Hassink, responsible for education: “We expect that the latter percentage will drop, because newcomers now know that the standard is higher and give that little bit extra.” In the meeting of the faculty council, there was some confusion about the way in which the percentages are calculated, which the students found unclear. The board has promised to investigate this.

 

Maurice Timmermans

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