Representative Advisory Councils

Mandatory presence. Is that still contemporary?

8 Jul 2020 10:57 | Representative Advisory Councils

For a number of years now, the Representative Advisory Council Business and Economics has indicated that it considers the number of compulsory courses to be on the high side and that they would like courses to take into account the changing situation of students.

Due to the elimination of the basic scholarship, most students are working to pay for their education and living space. During open days, students are often told that it is possible to combine work with going to school full-time. Unfortunately, this turns out to be difficult in practice. The council can understand why a student would make the decision to occasionally not attend a class and that it is frustrating for that to result in not receiving a grade for the subject in question. Especially when you know, you would have no problem taking the exam.

In assessing the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER) for the academic year 2020-2021, the Education and Quality committee of the Business and Economics Representative Advisory Council paid extra attention to compulsory courses. The so-called practical exercises are described in section 3.5 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations of your programme. It was examined whether the compulsory subjects met the three requirements set by the AUAS for practical exercises:

  1. Whether the exercises can only take place under supervision during the scheduled meetings;
  2. Whether the exercises are aimed at acquiring a practical professional skill;
  3. Whether the exercises are tested within the relevant unit of study;

By looking at the design of the practical exercises, together with the programmes, we have found that in many cases they do not meet the conditions of a practical exercise, which means that the course cannot be made compulsory and students are given the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not they attend a class. The desired compulsory attendance by teachers and the compulsory attendance referred to in article 3.5 are not the same.

The graph shows that, together with the study programmes, the Committee has succeeded in reducing the number of compulsory course modules. Niels Nanning, chairman of the Education and Quality committee and vice-chairman of the Representative Advisory Council, says the following about this: "As a committee, we believe that students should have as much freedom as possible when it comes to deciding whether or not to take a course. This does not mean that we encourage students not to come to class, on the contrary. We believe it is the student's responsibility and they should be given the space to make their own decisions".

Do you want to know which courses are compulsory? Then take a look at section 3.5 in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of your study programme. This can be found on MyAUAS.