Students have hard time selecting the right course

3rd February 2009, Comments 1 comment

More than one-third of all students who enroll in university come to regret their study choice within a year.

THE HAGUE—The education website Studiekeuze123 (Study Selection 123) reports that more than one-third of all secondary school students who enroll at a university come to regret their choice of subject within a year. A quarter of all freshmen either change their subject or drop out completely.

The site's report is based on figures obtained from the education ministry. The data show that more than 17 percent of the students at colleges of higher education drop out in their first year.

A spokesperson for Studiekeuze123 said that there was nothing new about students not immediately making the right choice. However, she said the figures were alarming because they show that students are not being adequately prepared for selecting a course.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • HistoryTechDoc posted:

    on 3rd February 2009, 14:52:16 - Reply

    Very relevant and timely article! However, there is at least one or more explanations for this situation and they are not a very satisfactory ones either.
    Insiders know that university staff are not rewarded in their merit reviews for anything other than writing academic articles and sitting on university committies. There are no points awarded to docents for either teaching, writing block books or doing anything to inform students about the all important trajectories and specializations they are about to or have selected.
    Once the unis have made their brief Open House Day, 'Dag de opener deur', presentations to potential student candidates and have waited until October 1st or so, the students are locked into their headcount for payment by the government. After that, there is not much incentive to provide sufficient information for further coursework selection.
    Another reason, students are falling out of our universities is that these institutions are very rarely willing to let the students change their selected specializations even though they have not had adequate information to form such choices.
    And yet finally, the unis have jammed their individual courses so close together, that students are in the throws of completing term papers or preparing for exams when they might have had an opportunity to change their choice of curriculum. A choice change by the way can also cost as much as 35 Euros, if allowed at all.
    Yes, university administrations and those allow them to practice such tactics are responsible for a hugh unnecessary loss of student education, a loss that could be remedied by rewarding docents for better informing students and putting more days between courses during the year, even if it does not maximize a universities budget planning.