Binding study advice
Most institutions use a binding study advice (BSA) for students. This is an important tool that virtually all students in higher education have to deal with. The Higher Education and Research Act states that students must be given such an advice at the end of their first year. Nowhere, however, does it state that this must be a binding requirement.
Throughout the years, the BSA standard has been raised and the advice has become more strict. In recent years, there has been much debate surrounding the BSA. Recently, this debate was represented in the Westerveld motion, a request to replace the BSA with a non-binding recommendation. According to the ISO, the BSA is not an effective instrument to get the right student in the right place.