The Social Council of the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria (ULPGC) will hold an extraordinary plenary session on October 30, which is expected to be its president, Angel Tristan Pepper, propose a punctual and urgent modification of the Rules of Progress and Permanence that would favor those students who, having exceeded 80% of the total of the credits of the career they are studying, have been disconnected from the degree because they did not meet the minimum number of subjects that must be approved annually and, consequently, they are not allowed to continue their studies.
This measure is part of the commitment made by the President of the Social Council of the ULPGC, since his inauguration in May 2015, that "the Rules of Progress and Permanence are a living document that will be adapted course after course of agreement to the characteristics of the degrees, to the personal circumstances that have arisen the students and the fees of success of the different races ".
The Organic Law of Universities (LOU) grants to the Social Council the competence for the approval of the norms that regulate the progress and the permanence of the students who study degrees in the ULPGC. A source from the Social Council indicates that two judgments of the constitutional Court, 131 and 134 of 2013 ratify this competence of the Social Councils "which is not exempt from justification if we take into account that the law establishes that it must supervise the performance of the services provided by the university", and within this supervision, adds the STC, "it can not be denied that there is the need to ensure that there is an adequate relationship between the duration of studies and the permanence of students in the university, if it is not lost sight of that permanence implies the use of public resources that are, by their very nature, limited ".
The Social Council maintains that the Rules of Progress and Permanence must take into account this economic perspective indicated by the Constitutional Court, so "NPPs have to respond to objective efficiency criteria"
The current rules regulate the conditions of progress and permanence in official degrees with a degree of flexibility that allows students who have some difficulty to successfully complete their studies in a reasonable time. The entry into force of these regulations has meant a effective tool to raise the average success rate of the ULPGC in all the degrees, since this has gone from 79.36% in the 2011/2012 academic year to 84.77% in the 2016/2017 academic year, which has allowed the ULPGC to increase in some of the most prestigious rankings. This, "without a doubt, responds fully to the vision of the Constitutional Court".
In this context, the specific modification wants to recognize the students "who, fulfilling their duty, work to correspond to the effort made by the society to offer them adequate and sufficient resources so that they can successfully complete their studies in the time established in the curriculum of the degrees ", according to sources from the Permanence Commission.
This measure must now be complemented with others of academic character that are not the responsibility of the Social Council.