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Inholland college group gets tough on slackers, sharpens up degrees

Monday 07 May 2012

The Inholland college group, which has come under fire from education inspectors for poor standards in some subjects, is shaking up its approach by slashing courses and getting tougher on first-year students.

For example, eventually some first-year students will have to pass every subject in order to be allowed into the second year, college chairman Doekle Terpstra told news website nu.nl. At the moment students have to get 45 out of a maximum 60 points to progress to the next year of their degree.

'I want to get rid of the idea that you can work and study,' Terpstra said. 'We are not allowed to select students, but they will be given comprehensive information during their intake interview.'

The college group is also planning to scrap 500 minor subjects and reduce the number of degree courses it offers. The eight economics courses, for example, will be reduced to one. 'We want to get back to a clear, compact education which employers will recognise,' he said.


InHolland, which describes itself as a university of applied science in English, has operations in six cities and was formed following the merger of a number of hbo colleges.

Last year, inspectors looked at five different courses and found four of them to be so poor that they risk losing accreditation. In addition, the college group came under fire for overpaying its directors.

Last academic year there was a 30% drop in new admissions.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

"Last academic year there was a 30% drop in new admissions."

This number is likely to go up if administrators continue to stick with that "get rid of the idea that you can work and study" nonsense. The average college student can't afford rent, food, books, tuition and fees without a part-time job on the side. A more selective screening process for applicants is sure to result in wealthier students getting accepted while their less lucky colleagues are denied.

By B | 8 May 2012 8:46 AM

@B: Many of them cannot even survive with only a part-time job. Add to that the requirement for unpaid internships as part of the education and you have a horrorshow going on. Soon only rich kids will be able to go to school. Maybe that's what the elitists want anyway - otherwise, who else is going to clean their toilets/clean their streets/tend their gardens?

I feel so sorry for young people. Gone are the days of, "You can be whatever you want to be."

By Stupid | 8 May 2012 11:39 AM

I agree with B.

REAL university is much harder than Hogeschool and yet students who are motivated enough can study and work at the same time.
The hogeschool is some sort of low level academic education for those who do not feel like studying hard or are not smart enough. I think it is wise those students spend some time in working as they most likely end up unemployed or not employed in the field they have got their hogeschool degree.

By joanna | 8 May 2012 1:08 PM

"REAL university, low level academic education". Been smoking something, joanna?
What you are talking about is called elitism, not education.
University is for more theoretical studies, Applied University (hogeschool)is for more practical skills plus theoretical studies. If a hogeschool bachelor graduate wishes to go into research rather than practical, he can finish his masters at a University. Employers needing practical skills prefer to hire hogeschool graduates rather than university graduates who need extensive hands on training to get them up to par. Hogeschool equals employment.
Going to university is not the answer to knowing what you are talking about, just look at this university degree laden government.

By jaycee | 9 May 2012 10:49 AM

jaycee: "practical skills plus theoretical studies". nothing else? maybe also combined astrophysics with cooking? don't you even try to make me believe they are more qualified than university students.
Employers hire hogeschool graduates because they are cheaper than university graduates. Plus in the technical fields (like engineering) hogeschool graduates know nothing compared to the actual university bachelor graduates. therefore hogeschool graduates are useful just for the repetitive jobs that can easily be subcontracted to india (like in my company). and the career path of hogeschool graduates is simply slower and need much more training in a lot of skills they do not learn (independent work, organization skills, team leading).
hogeschools might be good for secretary studies, nothing else.

By joanna | 10 May 2012 8:07 AM

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