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Binding Recommendation (BSA)

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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 completes 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 Regulation 2019-2020:

The Dutch version is leading. This is a translation.

Each programme has a 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 (from 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.

Article 6.3   (Binding) Recommendation on continuation of studies

1.   Each student receives a written recommendation on  the continuation of his studies within the programme   at the end of the first year of enrolment in the degree programme concerning, except for article 6.4. This recommendation is based on the student's study results and may be positive or negative recommendation, in compliance with articles 6.4 and 6.5.

2.   The issue of the study recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 has been mandated to the programme board by the institutional administration.

3.   Results of completed module parts that remain valid beyond the current academic year are counted when issuing the study recommendation.

a)  Only the credits from module parts in the first year of the programme that issues the final recommendation count for determining the number of credits.

b)   Exemptions granted to the student for modules or module parts of the first year count for determining the number of credits.

c)   The programme board may set down subject-specific requirements which must be met. These requirements are included in the programme-specific appendix[1].

4.   The final recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 may involve expulsion from the programme, if the student in the opinion of the programme board is not deemed suitable for the degree programme because the student has passed fewer than three modules, and

-     the student has passed in total less than 75% of the study load of the first year, or

-     the student has passed 75% of the study load of the first year, but does not meet the subject-specific requirements (as referred to in paragraph 3c of this article).

A final recommendation on continuation of studies that involves expulsion is referred to as a binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA).

5.   In its deliberations on attaching a rejection to a binding recommendation, the programme board will take into account the student's personal circumstances at his request. The programme board will only take into account in its deliberations personal circumstances that have been reported to the study adviser by the student as soon as can reasonably be expected after they arose.

a)   Personal circumstances are understood to be illness of the person involved, a physical, sensory or other impairment of the person involved, pregnancy of the person involved, exceptional family circumstances, top-level sports of the person involved and the membership of the university council, faculty council, programme committee or a category 3 or 4 board in accordance with the FOBOS arrangement.

b)   The personal circumstances must be submitted to the Personal Circumstances Committee (CPO) in consultation with the study adviser. This report must be substantiated with items of evidence.

c)   The CPO assesses the validity and seriousness of the personal circumstances. A report in respect thereof is submitted to the programme board and the relevant study adviser.

d)   The programme board takes the judgement of the CPO into account in its handling of the student's request.

6.   Before issuing a binding recommendation, the programme board must first issue a warning to the student, while giving him a reasonable term to improve his study results, to the programme board’s satisfaction. Moreover, the student has the right to be heard by the programme board before the issue of a binding recommendation (WHW article 7.8b, paragraph 4).

7.   The decision of the programme board with respect to the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies states the possibility of filing an appeal. Objections are exclusively possible for a binding recommendation on continuation of studies and may be appealed within six weeks by lodging an appeal with the Board of Appeal for Examinations.

8.   If a  final recommendation on continuation of studies that involves expulsion has been issued to the student, he may not enrol in the same degree programme for a period of three subsequent academic years.

9.  If a student re-enrols in the degree programme concerned after the period referred to in paragraph 8 of this article, this enrolment is designated as his first-year enrolment and the concerning provisions of this paragraph apply in full.

Article 6.4   Termination of enrolment

1.   The degree programme is considered to be terminated if the student stops taking courses or any form of tests of the programme and:

a)   Submits a request for termination of enrolment to the UT, or

b)   De-enrols for the degree programme at the UT, while he enrols in another degree programme at the UT and thus transfers to the other UT degree programme, or

c)   Starts a study at a different institution with a ‘proof of paid tuition fee’.

2.      If in his first year of enrolment for the degree programme, a student submits a request to terminate enrolment through Studielink not later than 31 January and he is de-enrolled before or on 1 February and he does not re-enrol for the same degree programme in that same academic year, a study recommendation as referred to in paragraph 1 of article 6.3 will not be issued. If this student does re-enrol in the degree programme concerned, this enrolment is designated as his first-year enrolment.

3.      Students who are de-enrolled after 1 February for the degree programme at the UT, will receive a study recommendation as referred to in article 6.3 paragraph 1 from the degree programme they terminated.

Article 6.5   Postponing study recommendation

1.   The study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 paragraph 1 may be postponed if: 

a)   the student has enrolled in the degree programme on or after 1 October of the academic year concerned and on 31 August at the latest has not met the norm set in Article 6.3, paragraph 3, or 

b)   if personal circumstances preclude rendering an opinion on a student’s academic capacities at the end of the first year of enrolment in the degree programme, or

c)   the student transfers from one degree programme at the University of Twente to another on or after 1 October of the first year, whereby the student de-enrols for one degree programme (discontinuation in the sense of Article 6.4, paragraph 1 under b) and enrols in another degree programme.

2.   If the student, whose study recommendation as referred to in article 6.3 paragraph 1 has been postponed based on that article, re-enrols in a subsequent academic year in the degree programme concerned, then a study recommendation will be issued to him not later than the end of that subsequent academic year. The same norm as set out in article 6.3 paragraph 3 applies to this study recommendation. 

a)   The student whose study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 (1) has been postponed based on Article 6.5 (1)(a), will be notified in writing within 6 weeks of the date of enrolment before which date the degree programme will issue the final recommendation.

b)   The student whose study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 (1) has been postponed based on Article 6.5 (1)(b), will be notified in writing within 6 weeks of the date of enrolment before which date the degree programme will issue the final recommendation.

c)   For students whose study recommendation as referred to in Article 6.3 (1) has been postponed based on Article 6.5 (1)(c), the end of the second year of enrolment in the relevant programme applies as the new deadline for the final recommendation. The study recommendation is issued by the degree programme in which the student is newly enrolled.

For students who transfer to a different degree programme within the UT before 1 October, there will be no adjustment of the standard as stipulated in article 6.3 paragraph 3 and the study recommendation will not be postponed on the basis of transfer

[1]     Subject-specific requirements may not state that all module parts of a certain type must be completed. ‘The student must have passed all mathematics module parts from the B1 programme’ is not permitted, whereas ‘The student must have passed not less than three of the four mathematics components from the B1 programme’ is permitted.