Announced Changes to the Academic Standards & Procedures are Nothing to Worry About

By Nina Hees — An AUC Student Council Facebook post on April 20 about alterations to the Academic Standards and Procedures (AS&Ps), effective in the 2018/19 academic year, raised concerns among the student body. Adele Beinaraviciute, a second-year Social Science major and co-chair of the Student Council, and Thijs Etty, chair of the Board of Studies (BoS), answer these concerns. It appears that there is nothing … Continue reading Announced Changes to the Academic Standards & Procedures are Nothing to Worry About

AUC’s Chemistry Track: An Empty Promise

By Veerle Fanoy — “A full-time, selective three-year honours programme in liberal arts and sciences at the Bachelor level, taught in English, with a strong offering in the sciences and enrolling up to 50% science majors.” With this description Amsterdam University College (AUC) presents itself to prospective students on its website. Yet with four chemistry courses cancelled during the 2017-2018 academic year, in an already lackluster … Continue reading AUC’s Chemistry Track: An Empty Promise

AUC’s History Track: in Need of a Revamp to Change for the Better

By Malou Miedema — The history track needs a revamp if it is to become a well-rounded track, according to current and former students of history courses at Amsterdam University College (AUC). For current and prospective history students, good news is on the horizon: after the changes to the Film track, which are to be implemented in the forthcoming semester, the History track is next in … Continue reading AUC’s History Track: in Need of a Revamp to Change for the Better

Not sexy, yet important – The Student Council’s call for voices

Negotiating university policies is not sexy. When students want a change, someone needs to fight through the bureaucracy to represent their interests in front of university management and staff. Traditionally, that “someone” is the collective of student council members. Continue reading Not sexy, yet important – The Student Council’s call for voices

The Capstone Deadlines Controversy: Students Jeopardized, No Sanctions for Teachers

By Laura Galante — On Thursday, June 29th, the Capstone Distinction seminar was held in AUC’s common room. Every year, a few students present their end-of-year theses, which are judged by the Capstone Committee based on certain parameters, such as intellectual contribution, originality, research effort, and broader impact. In the 2017 edition of the Capstone seminar, the students who received distinction or highest distinction included 15 … Continue reading The Capstone Deadlines Controversy: Students Jeopardized, No Sanctions for Teachers

Student council testing new course evaluation and class representatives

Over the past weeks the AUC Student Council (AUCSC) has been piloting a new course evaluation procedure that would enable students to more actively shape how their courses are being taught. The idea is that each course elects two representatives from their ranks who throughout the semester collect and convey feedback directly to their course teachers or their respective heads of studies. This way, the student council hopes to give the students a more significant voice regarding the contents and requirements of their studies. Continue reading Student council testing new course evaluation and class representatives