NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 11:02
The standard for binding study advice (bsa) must be a maximum of thirty of the sixty credits. That says Minister of Education Robbert Dijkgraaf, who previously announced that the system is going to be overhauled.
Institutions are currently allowed to decide for themselves whether and how they set up a BSA. Many colleges and universities apply the standard that students must obtain at least 45 or even the full 60 credits of the first year. If students cannot manage this, they will have to stop their studies.
According to education minister Dijkgraaf, such a binding study advice leads to stress among students who are already having a hard time. “Too much pressure has a paralyzing effect, can lead to poorer learning performance and thus obscures the idea of whether or not a student is suitable for a course.”
The minister points out that a lot is coming at young students in their first year. “Like moving into a room, getting used to study and student life and standing on your own two feet.” The relaxed study advice should provide more room for this.
Dijkgraaf wants the amendment to the BSA to take effect in the 2025-2026 academic year.
Reactions to the earlier announcement that the BSA is going to be overhauled were divided. The Association of Universities of Applied Sciences stated that universities of applied sciences should be able to decide for themselves about the BSA and a spokesperson for the Universities of the Netherlands even called the binding study advice “essential for student well-being and success”.
But Fontys University of Applied Sciences experimented with discontinuing the BSA during the corona crisis and then decided to abolish it definitively. “We appear to be wasting talent with the BSA. That is not good for the student, but also not good for society,” said chairman of the board Joep Houterman.