The Study Success working group was set up by the UvA’s Committee on Education in 2008 to recommend a course of action leading to the improvements envisioned in the Long-Term Agreement. The working group undertook a thorough analysis of available statistical data, as well as a survey of the literature, conference attendance, interviews with University employees and interviews with students at the UvA and elsewhere. In April 2009 the group issued a report setting out conclusions of the analysis and 20 recommendations for evidence-based measures.
The working group observed that, although the improvement of study success has long been high on departmental agendas, there are still myriad steps the UvA could take to achieve the objectives. Moreover, if they are to be effective, these measures must be conceived as part of a broad package that is implemented as a whole. The most critical area to be addressed is that of various curricular features.
The Study Success working group directed its recommendations in part to the study programmes and in part to the Executive Board, in view of the fact that certain measures require centralised regulation. These recommendations were subsequently laid out in a Plan of Action in September 2009. In it, the Executive Board accepted all 20 recommendations and endorsed the conclusion that curricular features need to be addressed first. The Plan of Action was adopted in December 2009 and is currently being rolled out.