The long-term agreement links study success to the following two key figures: the study success rate of the Bachelor's programme measured after four years (based on the number of re-registrations), and drop-out rates during the second and third years of the degree programme. These key figures are linked. After all, students who opt to drop out have a negative impact on the study success rate.
These key figures reflect the structure of the curriculum. The first year of the degree programme should focus on orientation and selection. Students who transfer to the second year after having completed the first (re-registering students) are expected to be capable of successfully completing the degree programme. The study success rate is thus calculated on the basis of the number of re-registering students and drop-out rates in the second and third years of the Bachelor’s programme. Furthermore, the applicable definition of the study success rate (after four rather than three years) also factors in the possibility that students may exceed the available study period due to extracurricular activities, work placements or time spent gaining experience abroad.
Study success and drop-out rates are measured on the basis of the UEI standard cohort (UEI = University Education Indicators). This involves students who started their studies immediately after having completed their university preparatory education (VWO) and who have enrolled as full-time students in one degree programme only. This definition enables all universities to present comparable figures.
The exact definition of the term study success rate is as follows:
'The percentage of graduates after four years offset against the number of re-registered students from a UEI standard cohort.'
The term drop-out rate is defined as follows:
'The number of students offset against the number of re-registering students from a UEI standard cohort who fail to re-register for the same study programme after the second or third year.'