Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

University admissions practices: What is right? What is wrong? How should they change? Steven Schwartz.

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "University admissions practices: What is right? What is wrong? How should they change? Steven Schwartz."— Presentation transcript:

1 University admissions practices: What is right? What is wrong? How should they change? Steven Schwartz

2 Margaret Ferguson

3 Diversity is still a long way away



6 Milton Friedman

7 Income-Contingent Loan No money up-front No chance of default (poor credit rating) Only pay if benefit

8 IncomeTop-up-fee repayment £0 to £15,000Nil £16,000£1.73 per week £20,000£8.65 per week £30,000£25.96 per week





13 Fair Admissions

14 There are different interpretations of merit

15 It can be difficult for applicants to know how they will be assessed or why they were rejected

16 The information used in assessing applicants may not be reliable or valid

17 Some courses have high drop out rates

18 It is difficult for admissions staff to select from a growing pool of highly-qualified applicants (need finer discriminators)

19 Some applicants face a burden of additional assessment (and cost burden)

20 There is uneven awareness of qualifications and pathways into higher education (especially vocational)

21 Most offers depend on predicted grades

22 The legislation that applies to admissions is complex

23 Four basic assumptions 1.It is not the task of higher education admissions to compensate for educational or social disadvantage 2.Applicants should be individually assessed and not treated as members of a group or class 3.It is legitimate for higher education institutions to seek the most academically qualified students 4.No external body should make admissions decisions

24 Principle 1: transparency Provide the information that applicants need to make informed choices

25 1.Publish admissions policies, criteria, and processes (including weight given to predictors and non-traditional opportunities to demonstrate potential) 2.Publish actual entry qualifications, drop-out rates, and employment outcomes (Cook, TQI) 3.Provide feedback on request to unsuccessful candidates Three aspects of transparency

26 Principle 2 : reliability and validity Monitor and evaluate

27 Principle 3: selecting for merit, potential and diversity Ability to complete the course is essential May use factors other than A-level results: other examinations, interviews, work experience (UCAS form re-design) May consider the educational effects of diversity May not bias the system toward or against state school or private school applicants

28 Principle 3: (continued) Admissions criteria should not include factors irrelevant to the assessment of merit, for example institutions should not give preference to the relatives of graduates or benefactors Institutions should have the discretion to vary the weight they give to examination results and other indicators of potential and therefore to vary the offer

29 Principle 4: minimise barriers Resources and advice available, disability, vocational qualifications

30 Principle 5: processes and professionalism Clear lines of responsibility and accountability, sufficient resources, training centralise

31 Post- Qualification Applications Present system violates recommendations Not reliable (half wrong) Not valid Not transparent Misses students who are able to complete course Thus, the current system is unfair Ask Secretary of State to implement PQA as soon as possible

32 Wider recommendations Electronic applications and new forms One examination (included in diploma) Review compacts and access courses Streamline Criminal Record Bureau checks, health exams and other processes by having central repository Part-time applicants treated the same as full-time Central source of expertise --Muir Russell, Academy and UCAS

33 Secretary of State to commission a review after three years




Download ppt "University admissions practices: What is right? What is wrong? How should they change? Steven Schwartz."

Similar presentations

Ads by Google