Ghent University will decide on measures to help students choose their path in January, for example making students repeating a year earn 75% of the points. The other important measure envisaged is an orientation tool named “Simonproef” according to the University rectory in a De Tijd column. The Simon orientation tool is already used at the Psychology and educational sciences faculty where it was developed. This online auto-evaluation tool allows students to find out which courses best suits their interests and skills. Six factors determine correctly 77 times out of 100 if a student will succeed or not.
“Ideally, this test should be done at the end of secondary school. This is the case elsewhere from time to time”, says Rector Anne De Paepe. “We would like to introduce it quickly for first year students to see if they are where they should be. It will help us to accompany students better from the first semester”.
The students that don’t succeed first time will always get a second chance, but the conditions will be stricter. Those that want to carry on with the course they are on will have to obtain 75% of the points in that year they are repeating. “This figure was not chosen at random”, says Mrs De Paepe. “Students repeating a year who achieve 75% generally get their bac. The failure rate of those who obtain less than 70% is much higher ”.