The University of Helsinki applies a system of study progress checkpoints (ETAPPI) to support smooth study progress. Through this system, students who are falling behind in their studies will receive support in the form of counselling and a personal study plan.
Beginning on January 1, 2016, the implementation of the Etappi checkpoint system will not be carried out during the upcoming two years. For those students who at the moment are affected by Etappi, the registration block in Oodi will be lifted. For those students who have started their studies before 1.8.2005 the Etappi checkpoint system will be discontinued altogether.
During 2016 and 2017 the study progress is still monitored. Students receive guidance and counselling e.g. when devising their personal study plans (PSP) and from staff providing guidance within the faculties, departments and subjects. All departments and faculties also have access to the tools within the Oodi student register system which help in monitoring the study progress of students.
The break in the implementation of the Etappi checkpoint system in 2016 and 2017 does not affect the study progress checks carried out by the Finnish Social Security Institution KELA for those students receiving student financial aid from KELA.
The Etappi checkpoint system is temporarily discontinued as the study administration at the University, in a situation when resources are reduced, wants to focus on its core duties: student selection, support for study progress and the graduation of students.
During the years 2016 and 2017 the support services for studies and study counselling will be renewed as a part of the bigger reorganization of the University administration. The study administration will develop new tools and methods for counselling to ensure even better support and guidance for the study progress of all students, not just for those who are not able to graduate within the set study time. In the coming years the University wishes to establish common practices for all study and student services at the University.