Students with a BSc from a college of higher education or a foreign university have a lower pass rate for certain subjects than third and fourth year students who came to Wageningen University straight from a Dutch high school.
If you look at all courses given in the academic year 2002/2003, the pass rates are high over the whole range, and differences between the groups smaller. Of the Dutch high school graduates and the international students, 82 percent average a pass (voldoende); of the students from other colleges the average is 76 percent with a pass. According to Muggen there is little reason for outspoken statements about the entry level of the different groups of students.
Muggen also looked at the average score for final grades within the three groups. Dutch high school graduates scored an average of 7.79, those from Dutch colleges a 7.71 and international students 7.54. According to Muggen these differences are significant, but only minimally so.
Guido van Hofwegen