Binding Study Advice (BSA)
The binding study advice (BSA) concerns the decision of the university whether a student may continue on the road to the second year of his or her bachelor’s degree. This can be stressful from the student’s perspective, but it is evident that the university makes demands on its students. These requirements must, however, be based on reasonable, realistic expectations. The FSR-FMG will keep a close eye on the upcoming evaluation and, if necessary, will stand up for a fair BSA policy.
File holder: Casper Colenbrander
Based on the National Student Survey (NSE) 2015 and research by the FSR-FMG 2015-2016, it was found that students need skills that are important to facilitate the transition from education to the labor market. The FSR-FMG worked in 2016-2017 to make the guidance of the career orientation more accessible and accessible for the FMG students. Nevertheless, FSR-FMG 2016-2017 has indicated that more can be done about career orientation at the FMG. Based on this observation, the FSR-FMG wants to look again at options that can improve the career orientation of FMG students. The goal remains to make career orientation more accessible and accessible for students. To this end, we will once again look at partnerships and contact between study advisers, study associations and career orientation training. In addition, the FSR-FMG wants to make an effort to ensure that courses within the FMG focus more on how they can encourage students to think earlier about where they want to work after their studies. The aim here is to emphasize that students will better link the subject of their bachelor’s or master’s thesis to their choice of work. These research projects can serve as good portfolios that students can use to show that they have a great deal of knowledge about a certain subject that can be of potential value to employers. In this way we can offer more support to the career guidance of the students through the bachelor’s and master’s thesis.
File holder: Christian Manuputty
Honours and Excellence in Education
Honours and excellence programs have been developed for ambitious students who need more challenges within the study. There is a difference between honors and excellence education. Honors has a more broadening character and excellence a more in-depth character. In addition, you must obtain more credits in the honors program than in the excellence program. The FSR-FMG is positive about these pathways, because it offers students a broader or more in-depth perspective within and / or outside their own study and in this way the necessary differentiation can be offered.
The FSR does, however, propose that FMG should make an inventory of the differences between program entry requirements and evaluate them in the context of equivalence. The graduation requirements can also be examined. In addition, a survey conducted by the FSR-FMG 2016-2017 shows that 15.4% of the students surveyed were not aware of the existence of honors and excellence programs in time. The FSR-FMG proposes that the information services be looked at again.
File holders: Casper Colenbrander
The FSR-FMG is aware that in times of progress, education is also subject to change. Studying and internet are intertwined and this digitization requires good monitoring. Blended Learning is a combination of online and offline learning activities. Can an interactive learning environment motivate the student and if so how? The internet has major advantages: lectures that are not attended can be viewed in the digital learning environment. However, not every teacher is positive about making his or her lectures available online. A frequently heard counter argument is that the academic community would suffer from potential stay-at-home people. An argument in favor of digital lectures is that students should be able to look back at least one lecture in case of illness or other impediments. We will accurately investigating how much support there is for these ideas.
File holders: Daniël Ellis & Casper Colenbrander