University overhaul: Minister to lower bar for first years
The BSA is a system that allows higher education institutions to set a minimum credit requirement for first-year students and is designed to prevent students from dropping out of their courses at a later stage. Currently, the executive boards of universities are able to set their own requirements – if they set any at all – with many asking first years to achieve a minimum of 45 of the total 60 credits. If students fail to do so, they’re forced to drop out of their course.
Dijkgraaf’s plans have been met with mixed reactions. According to NOS, the National Student Union (LSVb) thinks the new requirements are a “good move”, while the Intercity Student Consultation (ISO) said they would allow for “a better balance … between the well-being of students and their study progress.” Meanwhile, the universities themselves aren’t overly keen.
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