Letting students through who do not deserve a pass. This does not take place only in the applied sciences universities Windesheim and Inholland, says a small group of journalism students from the VU University in Amsterdam, but is more widespread and not just in applied sciences universities. This is reported today in de Volkskrant.
A third of the lecturers interviewed admitted that they feel pressurized to get students through their courses quickly. 'My boss has directed me to award a 7 for a thesis, although it very clearly should get a 4,' says a Utrecht University lecturer who declines to be named.
According to the journalism students, lecturers have compromised their standards because of the way universities are financed. The educational institutions are geared towards getting the diploma bonus given when a student graduates. In addition, students who take a long time to graduate are very costly for a university.