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Binding Recommendation (BSA)

Why the BSA?

A guiding principle in the vision of the University of Twente is that students are involved as partners in the set-up and execution of their education. The education is a product of the collaboration between the university and its students; a product that can only come to fruition when responsibilities and efforts are shared.
The UT offers students a challenging education but this can only be experienced as such if the student has chosen the correct study programme. Adequate student guidance, good matching and cooperation with the surrounding universities of applied sciences must ensure this. Whereas it is the UT’s challenge to offer well-organised education, so too can students be expected to show dedication and ambition.
Experiences of the various departments have shown that students who earn less than a certain number of ECs in the first year have little chance of completing the course successfully. With several programmes, it has also appeared that not passing or postponing certain subjects has a negative effect on the successful completion of a study. Students who find themselves in this situation appear not to have chosen the right programme or one in which they can achieve their full potential.
The main objective of the BSA is that students “find their right direction” more quickly.

Another aim of the BSA is to challenge students to perform well and get good grades from the beginning of their course of study. They must, however, be able to undertake extra-curricular activities, such as participating on a committee or helping organise a study trip.
If, in the first year, a student obtaines 45 credits or more, he/she should be able to finish the programme on time. However, if the student is delayed despite sufficient effort, the reasons for this need to be seriously addressed. In other words, the BSA also places an obligation on the department.
Earning the standard number of ECs must be seen as the absolute minimum requirement. The goal should be to complete the B1 programme in the first year. Educational and exam programmes have been designed such that students are encouraged to achieve this and, with sufficient effort, should even be able to earn 60 ECs in their first year.

TER: Teaching & Education Regulations

Each programme has an TER which regulates the rights and obligations of students with respect to education, tests and examinations. The general rules and regulations surrounding the BSA are described below (Article 6.3 TER). 
A program can set additional requirements within the BSA. Whether these also apply to your programme, can be found in the programme-specific appendix to the TER. The TER can be found on the Education page of your programme.

Art 6.3 Binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA)

  1. Each student receives a written recommendation on continuation studies at the end of the first year of enrolment on the programme. This recommendation is based on the student’s results. The student may be allowed to continue on the programme, or may be required to leave the programme.
  2. An introductory interview will be held with each student before 1 November of the first year of enrolment on the programme.
  3. Each student will receive a preliminary recommendation on continuation of studies in week 52 at the latest of his first year of enrolment on the programme. This preliminary recommendation is not binding.
  4. Each student will receive a second preliminary recommendation on continuation of studies in week 10 at the latest of his first year of enrolment on the programme. This preliminary recommendation is not binding.
  5. Students who receive a negative preliminary recommendation on continuation of studies as referred to in paragraph 3 and/or 4 will be invited for an interview with the Study Advisor to discuss their study methods and a review of their choice of degree programme.
  6. The institutional administration mandates the Programme Board to issue recommendations on continuation of studies, as referred to in paragraph 1.
  7. The final recommendation on continuation of studies, as referred to in paragraph 1, may involve expulsion from the programme if the student has completed less than 75% of study load in the first year of the programme. Results of exams and of tests that remain valid beyond the current academic year are counted to establish how much a student has completed. Any additional requirements are specified in the programme-specific annex and as such, are discussed in the Programme Committee.
  8. Expulsion remains in force for a period of three academic years. A final recommendation on continuation of studies that involves expulsion is referred to as a binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA). Degree programmes may impose additional BSA requirements which must be included in the programme-specific part of the Teaching and Examination Regulations and which make abundantly clear in what other cases a positive recommendation on continuation of studies may be issued.
  9. Only the credits from study units in the first year of the programme count toward the threshold for the final recommendation on continuation of studies. In case a student requests to transfers credits to the first year from courses taken in a different programme or institution, specific requirements for BSA are communicated to the students together with the decision on the students request. These specific requirements may include passing specific tests.
  10. If a student terminates enrolment in the programme prior to 1 February of the first year of enrolment, no final recommendation on continuation of studies will be issued as referred to in Article 6.3, paragraph 1. If this student re-enrols in a subsequent academic year, then a final recommendation on continuation of studies will be issued at the end of that subsequent academic year. As termination of enrolment are seen:
    a. Submitting a request for termination of enrolment to the UT;
    b. Submitting a request for registration in a different programme at the UT;
    c. Starting studies a different institution with a ‘proof of paid tuition fee’.
  11. If a student transfers to another UT degree programme prior to 1 October, then the norm will not be adjusted as referred to in Article 6.3, paragraph 7. In all other cases, the provisions apply as referred to in Article 6.3, paragraph 7.
  12. The final recommendation on continuation of studies is postponed if a student transfers to another programme on or after 1 October. The final recommendation on continuation of studies will be issued no later than the end of the student’s second year of enrolment. The student is notified when the programme will issue the recommendation within 6 weeks after the transfer.
  13. Prior to receiving a final decision on BSA, students receive a warning. The time between the warning and the final decision should be sufficient to allow the student to meet the requirements of the program, if still possible. Students also have the right to a hearing with the Programme Board before the final decision (Higher Education and Research Act art. 7.8b, paragraph 4).
  14.  When considering a BSA involving expulsion, the Programme Board will take the student’s personal circumstances into account at the student’s request. The Programme Board will only take personal circumstances into account that have been reported to the Study Advisor as soon as can reasonably be expected following their onset.
  15. Personal circumstances include illness, physical, sensory or other functional disability or pregnancy of the student involved, extenuating family circumstances, participation in elite sports and membership on the University Council, Faculty Council, Programme Committee or a Category 3 board in accordance with the FOBOS Regulations.
  16. In consultation with the Study Advisor, the personal circumstances are to be reported to the Personal Circumstances Committee (CPO) and accompanied by supporting documentation.
  17. The CPO will assess the validity and severity of the personal circumstances and report its findings to the Programme Board and the relevant Study Advisor.
  18. The Programme Board will take the CPO’s findings into account when assessing the student’s request as referred to in Article 6.3, paragraph 13.
  19. If personal circumstances preclude assessment of a student’s academic capacities, the final recommendation on continuation of studies is postponed. The final recommendation on continuation of studies will be issued no later than the end of the student’s second year of enrolment. The student is notified when the programme will issue the recommendation within 6 weeks after the decision to postpone.
  20. The Programme Board’s decision regarding the BSA will make mention of the applicable appeals procedure.

Art 6.4 – Recommendation on continuation of studies: multiple degree programmes

If a student is enrolled in multiple degree programmes and meets the BSA threshold for one of the programmes, then the student will not be required to meet the threshold for the other programmes.