WAU's Executive Board is aiming to restructure its educational programmes. In the draft Education 2000, the Board wants a clear distinction between scientific programmes and professional training within WAU. The first batch of students should complete one or two theses, of which the second one should consist of six months' practical work. The courses should be scheduled in six-week modules, followed by an exam, and the specialisations within the programmes should be changed to thesis-oriented profiles. WAU will offer eleven five-year courses and eight four-year courses to Dutch students. After a year and a half of discussions, the University Council will accept the proposals this month.
The quality of the courses at WAU is evaluated by means of a questionnaire. This is distributed at the end of each course. Students can criticize the teachers' performance, course elements and the exams. Around fifty percent of the courses were criticized in the latest questionnaire, which led to discussion between the programme committee and the relevant teachers. However, if the lecturer doesn't want to change his or her course, the committee cannot force the issue.
Some Dutch universities want to change the legal position of Dutch postgraduates. They are now treated as employees, who receive a retaining fee after four years. Because the universities have to pay these fees as well, they want to give the graduates a grant, and change their status into that of a student. The graduate association now faces a difficult choice: if the graduates remain employees, the number of graduates has to decrease. If they don't want the number to be decreased, the legal position may have to change.
More news about WAU's financial system, Millennium. Because the administrators are having difficulties invoicing for certain projects, the university has received less income than is due since the beginning of this year. The administration system was not ready for use on the first of January, several people point out. In fact, many useful applications were stripped, resulting in a financially sound but slow, complex and user-unfriendly administration system.