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  • Prium Brussels 0809 Student Counseling

    1. 1. Student Counselling at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel PRIUM Site Visit 9 september 2008 pag.
    2. 2. Linda Willems Student Guidance and Equal Opportunities Office Marc Vandersteen Curriculum Management Office pag.
    3. 3. A brief history of legal initiatives <ul><li>Ancient history </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag. <ul><ul><ul><li>Law of 1971; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Belgian universities have to provide social services to their students; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Affordable meals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social office (financial support, scholarships, studyloans) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Study Guidance </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. A brief history of legal initiatives <ul><li>Ancient history </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag. <ul><ul><ul><li>Law of 1991; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flemish universities have to organise information activities at the beginning of the academic year for new students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students can ask for individually adjusted year programmes, based on exemptions they acquired </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First measures for monitoring study progress </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. A brief history of legal initiatives <ul><li>Modern Times </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag. <ul><ul><ul><li>Law of 2003 on the structure of Flemish higher education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation of Bologna; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor, Master and Doctorate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Credit-system (accumulate/transfer) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 tracs: Professional – Academic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bridging programmes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. A brief history of legal initiatives <ul><li>Modern Times </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag. <ul><ul><ul><li>Law of 2004 on the flexibility of Flemish higher education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curricula no longer structured as year-programmes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Instruments monitoring study progress </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special focus on target groups </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Valorisation of competences acquired through non-formal learning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. A brief history of legal initiatives <ul><li>Modern Times </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag. <ul><ul><ul><li>Law of 2008 on the financing of Flemish higher education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Direct relation between financing of institutions and the rate of studysuccess </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Output vs. Input </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bonus for diploma’s granted </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bonus for students from target groups </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Credit System of 140 ECTS </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. A brief history of legal initiatives <ul><li>Target groups </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag. <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Top Sport Students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students with handicap/long-lasting ilness/learning disabilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students from allochtonous origin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Equal opportunity policy: a.o. flexibility in examination </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Introducing flexibilty in higher education <ul><li>Ancient history </li></ul><ul><li>Limited study related choices: </li></ul><ul><li>- which degree programme ? </li></ul><ul><li>- at which institution ? </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    10. 10. Introducing flexibility in higher education <ul><li>Modern Times </li></ul><ul><li>Complex study related choices </li></ul><ul><li>- up- or downstream ? </li></ul><ul><li>- fulltime or partime ? </li></ul><ul><li>- specialisations, minors, profiles ? </li></ul><ul><li>- a nice or a coherent programme ? </li></ul><ul><li>- diploma or credit certificates ? </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    11. 11. Introducing flexibilty in higher education PRIUM Visit Page 7
    12. 12. Flexibility in Pictures <ul><li>‘ Monolitic’ structures: </li></ul><ul><li> unique trajectoris leading to unique sets of competences </li></ul>PRIUM VIsit Pag. 10
    13. 13. Flexibility in Pictures <ul><li> Bridging the gaps : Use of linking- and prepatory programmes </li></ul>PRIUM Visit Pag. 11
    14. 14. Flexibility in Pictures Bachelor after Bachelor Hogeschool Master Hogeschool or university Professional Bachelor Hogeschool min. 180 ECTS Academic Bachelor Hogechool or university min. 180 ECTS Linking programme Prepatory programme Bridges Doctorate Master after master Prep. Progr PRIUM Visit Pag. 12
    15. 15. Flexibility in Pictures <ul><li>Use of minors </li></ul>PRIUM Visit Pag. 13
    16. 16. Flexibility in Pictures <ul><li>Use of credits - accumaulation </li></ul><ul><li>- transfer </li></ul>PRIUM Visit Page 14
    17. 17. Flexibility in Pictures <ul><li>Use of requisites Missing requisites are compensated </li></ul>PRIUM Visit Pag. 15
    18. 18. Flexibility in higher education: aims <ul><li>- increase of study succes and output </li></ul><ul><li>- increase of participation of non- </li></ul><ul><li>traditional student groups </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    19. 19. Flexibility in higher education: means <ul><li>- adjustment of the volume and </li></ul><ul><li>- adjustment of the phasing of the </li></ul><ul><li> trajectory </li></ul><ul><li>- in accordance with the individual </li></ul><ul><li> possibilities, expectations, specific competences and </li></ul><ul><li> background of students </li></ul>PRIUM Visit Pag. 17
    20. 20. Flexibility in higher education: pitfalls <ul><li>- open access </li></ul><ul><li>- gaps between Sec.Ed. & Hi.Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>- unnecessary slowing down of study </li></ul><ul><li> progress </li></ul><ul><li>- ‘atomisation’ of individual programme </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    21. 21. Flexibility in higher education: challenges <ul><li>- safe-guard coherence of the </li></ul><ul><li> individualised curricula </li></ul><ul><li>- safe-guard total length of study </li></ul><ul><li> periods </li></ul><ul><li>- early detection of eminent dropout </li></ul><ul><li> and efficient reorientation </li></ul><ul><li>- specific support towards target groups </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    22. 22. Managing flexibility in higher education <ul><li>Support and guidance is offered in a structured way; </li></ul><ul><li>Study Guidance and Equal Opportunities Office </li></ul><ul><li>& (in operation since “ancient history”) </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Career Consultants </li></ul><ul><li>& (in operation since 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Centres for Student Training and Support </li></ul><ul><li> (in operation since “ancient history”) </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    23. 23. Managing flexibility in higher education PRIUM Visit pag. One consultant per faculty (8), each holding a university degree and having thorough knowledge of the disciplines offered by their faculty Staff of 4 studentpsychologists (0.5 FTE for Equal Opportunities) Operating within the faculties, linked to the programmes and disciplines offered within the faculty Operating as a central service, for all students, regardless faculty and discipline Indepented body vis-à-vis faculties Indepented body vis-à-vis faculties Stearing through Vice-rector for Academic Education Stearing through Vice-rector for Student Policy Educational Career Consultants Student Guidance Office
    24. 24. Managing flexibility in higher education PRIUM Visit pag. Assist the process of choice during the studies Assist the process of choice before and at start of studies Re-orientation with focus on providing information on alternative study programmes Re-orientation with focus on motivational aspects and study-related competences Provide reliable and solid information on academic programmes Provide reliable and solid information on academic programmes Signal obstacles in ‘studibility’ in the programmes to responsibles Time-management Students progress along the programme’s path Study methodology and related competences Educational Career Consultants Focus on Student Guidance Office Focus On
    25. 25. Managing flexibility in higher education <ul><li>Time Line of initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Information initiatives 5th. Year of sec. ed. SGO </li></ul><ul><li>january Provincial information fairs SGO & ECC </li></ul><ul><li>march information sessions at institutes SGO & ECC </li></ul><ul><li>september Domain specific bridging programmes & SGO </li></ul><ul><li>sessions on study methodology (ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>sept. Start Academic Year </li></ul><ul><li>1st week reception week for new students SGO & ECC </li></ul><ul><li>october sessions on study methodology SGO </li></ul><ul><li>adjustment of trajectories ECC </li></ul><ul><li>november first evaluation pre-tests; detection of eminent </li></ul><ul><li>drop-out & reorientation, sessions on test anxiety SGO & ECC </li></ul><ul><li>december sessions on examination competences SGO </li></ul><ul><li>february adjustment of trajectories related to ex.results ECC </li></ul><ul><li>march-june sessions on test anxiety SGO </li></ul><ul><li>july-september evaluation of ex. results; adjustment of trajectory & </li></ul><ul><li>reorientation SGO & ECC </li></ul>PRIUM Visit pag.
    26. 26. Managing flexibility in higher education <ul><li>All initiatives supporting students progress should be clear and visible to all stakeholders; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To teaching and administrative personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To external referents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore we prepare to evolve towards an “integrated study guidance landscape” </li></ul></ul>PRIUM Visit Pag. 23

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