Stricter requirements for student progress

26 April 2011

The proportion of students dropping out of their studies has fallen each year since BI Norwegian Business School introduced progress requirements for bachelor programmes in 2007. In 2010, the number of students who were not accepted for their second year was reduced to 9 per cent, compared to 14 per cent in 2007.

”We continue to put more emphasis on close follow-up and requirements for academic progress. This has resulted in fewer students dropping out, and more students now complete their studies within the normal timeframe,” says President of BI Norwegian Business School, Tom Colbjørnsen.

In the autumn of 2009, academic work requirements were introduced for several first-year courses in connection with the bachelor reform. This means that several assignments or tests must be completed and approved throughout the course before the student is allowed to sit his or her final exams. According to student feedback, students would like to see more of this and in the autumn of 2010 such requirements were also introduced for second-year courses. The students must achieve the progress requirement of 30 credits to qualify for year 2 of the programme. Student drop-out from master programmes or the MBA programmes is virtually non-existent.

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