University Council agrees with bsa standard at SBE after all

University Council agrees with bsa standard at SBE after all

Fundamental discussion on the desirability of binding study advice next year


MAASTRICHT. Last Wednesday, 23 June, the University Council gave a positive advice regarding the standard of the binding study advice – 47 credits – for the bachelor’s of Business Analytics. Two weeks ago, a committee from the same council felt that the bar was set way too high.

From next academic year onwards, first-year students of Business Analytics must gain 47 of the 60 credits. This is the same number as the first-year students from the other bachelor programmes at the School of Business and Economics. Students who fail to do so, will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave.

The topic was on the agenda of the University Council’s committee for Research and Education agenda two weeks ago. The student fraction was very critical. Student council member Thomas Vaessen said at the time: “I am against BSA anyway, but with a lower number of credits, between 34 and 40, the ultimate chances of succeeding are fairly high: about 69 per cent.”

Last Wednesday, during the plenary council meeting, rector Rianne Letschert said that she wants the fundamental discussion about the desirability of the binding study advice – which she wants to be on the agenda in the new academic year – to be separated from the debate about the level of the standard for Business Analytics. The council agreed. Vaessen: “I was the most critical in the committee, I feel it is a good plan to separate the two issues. I will agree with SBE’s request for the time being.” To which the bachelor’s programme director at SBE, Mark Vluggen, added that every student who does not agree with his/her negative binding study advice can appeal during a “hearing. About 150 to 200 students do so each year.”

Faculty council and programme committee at SBE had already given their go-ahead. The Executive Board will make the final decision.