What has been discussed in the Faculty Council last Thursday?
- The grading period: We have heard various stories about students not receiving their grade in time for the resit and therefore we addressed it in the Council. In the EER, the statement about grading was the ten workday rule, where the teacher has ten workdays to grade all the papers. We stressed that students do not mind that they would have to wait a little longer on their grade, as long as it is communicated to them in time. We suggested that there should be an addendum to the EER, which describes the procedure if the professor does not grade in time for the resit. The Faculty Board will look into this; there is a lot of pressure on the teachers already, but the communication between students and teachers can indeed be better.
- I*ESN memo: I*ESN contacted us to address the issue of TOP Week groups. In these groups the distribution of Dutch and non-Dutch students is not always equal, resulting in an alienating of international students because the ‘Moms and Dads’ would mainly speak Dutch. We suggested that either the distribution should be more equal or that the international students should be clustered together (as a last resort). The Faculty Board was unaware of this issue, and that they played a part in this (since the TOP groups are divided by study programme). They will discuss this with the TOP Week board as well to find a solution.
- Right to resit: In the EER, it is stated that a student will be granted a resit if they failed their first attempt on their exam. We found that there is a loophole in that rule; sometimes teachers make a distinct pass/fail opportunity that only grants the students who passed that part the right to take part in the exam. While the Faculty Board showed their concern about this topic, it is hard to regulate in the EER since teachers have a certain freedom in their examination and every study programme is different. Still, it will be addressed in the working group with regard to examinations.
- Advice on the TIU Service Document: There was a unanimous positive advice to the TIU Service Document which stated that the BSA will be lowered from 42 ECTS to 36 ECTS. This brings a new kind of responsibility to the students, who are now allowed to have 36 ECTS and move on to their third year, resulting in a possible study delay. When students do not have enough ECTS when they start their thesis, they will be more likely to graduate later.
- Advice on the Annual Plan and the Annual Account: Also here there was unanimous positive advice on running the numbers of TSHD. The Faculty Board explained where the numbers came from and in what more will be invested in the coming years. We are looking forward to the labs which are being designed for the Spoorzone-location!
- Advice on the Quality Agreements as a check-up: Already in September, we agreed on these Quality Agreements, and with this check-up there was again unanimous positive advice from all parties. Still, it was made abundantly clear that digital education should not become the default in the future.
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