Entering the new school year 2014/2015, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) UGM applied some new rules for class of 2014 . The first rule is about the criteria for taking the amounts of credits. The students class of 2013 and prior were able to take 24 credits with a minimum grade point per semester of 3.25. But, faculty changed the standard. The students class of 2014 have to fight harder if they want to take 24 credits. They must have grade point per semester at least 3.75 to take 24 credits. It is increased from the previous standard.
Unfortunately, this regulation is a little bit troublesome for students. It was recognized by one of the 2014 accounting students, Rahadian Istiarto, “Kinda feeling sad the standard is now higher. It also makes us difficult to reach . I’m sure that only a few students are able to take 24 credits. I don’t know why the standard of taking 24 credits is even higher than the standard for cumlaude. ”
These regulation is a form of support for students to have more opportunities to involve in organization or any other activies, rather than cooped up in academics only. Moreover, faculty recognized that it would get troubles in arranging the class schedule if there are many students who take 24 credits. The number of request will become imbalanced with the offered classes and lecturers. In order to prevent this, faculty makes a higher standard into 3.75.
“This is not influenced by AACSB acreditation,” said BM. Purwanto, Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. “Actually, by taking 21 credits per semester, a student still has a chance to graduate on time, there was even a chance to repeat the course,” he said.
Then, the second new regulation is about the time for IUP students in taking double degree program. Students in class of 2013 and prior can take double degree on 5th semester while students class of 2014 may take double degree on 7th semester .
According to one of 2014 IUP student majoring economics, Maria Arsita Clara Vania, “We are a little bit dissapointed with the regulation. We are definitely excited taking double degree in the beginning, but in 7th semester, our sprit might be decreased.”
Although the new regulation causes cons among students, faculty has it own reasons about the regulation. Faculty thinks, if the students take double degree in 5th semester, students are considered not yet ready and the materials obtained are not enough. The definiton of double degree program is that students could get two different degrees even in different subject. Thus, when students take double degree program in 7th semester, the student has completed the required material so they will not run into trouble when taking a different subject. Students also do not need to take courses when returning home from the double degree program.
“Then, the grade point standard changed from 3.00 into 3.25 aims to attract and increasing students interest in double degree program. Because our goal is to make IUP students to get more experiences in studying abroad, not only by double degree program but also any other programs such as summer school, student exchange or joining conferences,” said Wida Herdiana, OIA staff.
(Nurma Nindya, Rheinanda/EQ)