With money saved by the abolition of the basic scholarship, higher education focuses, among other things, on student welfare, the elimination of teacher shortages and online education. This is evidenced by a CCEit analysis on 3 of plans that educational institutions had to submit to claim money from a pot of 2.3 billion euros.
Most students have to borrow their stufi since 2015, rather than being a gift. The pledge of the loan system was: students no longer receive student funding, but better quality of education. The savings should flow back to higher education.
Educational institutions were allowed to make a proposal about how they want to spend that money, in consultation with students and teachers. As a result, the plans vary considerably between institutions: from hiring extra teachers to serving sustainable sandwiches and hot evening meals in the canteen.
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A lot of plans match. More than half of the educational institutions invest in online education: they either stream colleges, or develop an education app. We also focus on better study advice.
Feedback to students is also a lot in the plans: teachers get more time to do so and students are going to test in some places in a different way. Multiple educational institutions choose to allow students to give each other more feedback.
Below you can see what else the focus of the total number of educational institutions is:
Diversity and inclusiveness also have a clear focus. In a number of places students and teachers are trained in this and many art courses want to attract more students with a non-western background.
Many colleges also invest the loan system money in more flexible education, by offering courses and tests more often. This allows students to decide how and when they want to study. Thousands of sockets are also being installed thanks to the loan system money.
The biggest theme on which we focus is ‘more intensive and small-scale education’, a wish of student associations. This has been done much, because many colleges and universities use the money to hire more teachers.
The question is whether the current students will really notice this in the lecture halls. One in five educational institutions already writes that the extra teachers are needed to keep up with the growing numbers of students. The money provided by the loan system therefore partly compensates for earlier austerity in higher education.
The plans of colleges and universities are assessed by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation. This checks, among other things, whether students and teachers have been able to co-decide enough and whether the plans are realistic. Ultimately, the Minister of Education decides definitively whether they meet the requirements.
These decisions are remarkably often negative: one-third of all educational institutions did not get the green light in the first round and are now engaged in a second chance round. Especially at colleges there was often something to note on the plans. Minister Van Engelshoven decided to pay these educational institutions in 2021, because the procedure was delayed because of corona.
In the video below, CCEit shows up on 3 the pitches of the educational institutions: