06
Apr 17

Timeline: changes to university admissions policies

Early last year, the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) was requested by the Minister to consider how higher education student admissions policies could be more transparent, without increasing regulation. By November 2016 HESP had made 14 recommendations, suggesting that providers need to use accurate descriptions of ATAR thresholds and other admission requirements, and publish information … Continue reading Timeline: changes to university admissions policies

21
Jun 16

Boosting student preparedness through dynamic admissions processes

Alternative pathways to university can help ensure students are judged for their true potential, not on their ability to take a test. Admissions processes such as portfolios allow students to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ us that they are capable of the work required at tertiary level. Many of the world’s leading universities have eliminated the … Continue reading Boosting student preparedness through dynamic admissions processes

03
Jun 16

Big Picture Portfolio Admissions Scheme: Not Just About Skipping the ATAR

The Big Picture International (BPI) Graduation Portfolio Entry to University Scheme is an academically rigorous parallel pathway for tertiary admission. Whilst the concept of portfolio-based university entry is not itself new, most existing schemes are framed as alternative admissions pathways for students who are not capable of achieving an ATAR. This scheme is different because … Continue reading Big Picture Portfolio Admissions Scheme: Not Just About Skipping the ATAR

25
May 16

University admissions: an added barrier for disadvantaged students

Complex university admissions present an additional barrier to disadvantaged students attempting to pursue higher education, according to new research by La Trobe University. The research found that Year 11 students from low-SES backgrounds had a limited understanding of the impact their subject choices would have on their tertiary education options. By comparison, students from high-SES … Continue reading University admissions: an added barrier for disadvantaged students

13
May 16

ATAR: A supply-demand phenomenon or an indicator of student success?

University entrance schemes are facing an enormous overhaul under a discussion paper released by the federal government in April. A Fairfax Media investigation released in January revealed that the practice of admitting students below the ATAR cut-off was widespread. Universities including Western Sydney University and Macquarie were found to be admitting up to 60 per cent of … Continue reading ATAR: A supply-demand phenomenon or an indicator of student success?

11
May 16

A more transparent university admissions process? Here’s what we should be talking about

Shane Duggan, University of Melbourne It’s been a tough year for the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). First, a Fairfax Media investigation showed that large numbers of students are being admitted to university programs with scores well below the cut-off. Then, federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham told the Higher Education Standards Panel that he is … Continue reading A more transparent university admissions process? Here’s what we should be talking about

09
Jun 15

The Australian Dollar and Demand

Rankings, Reputation and Quality are often cited as key factors influencing international student decision-making when it comes to higher education.  The cost of study and the price sensitivity of students may be considered of lesser importance for a once in a life time decision which for many students is life changing.  Although no one single … Continue reading The Australian Dollar and Demand

01
Jun 15

All’s Fair in Love, War and Student Admissions

Recently University of Sydney announced that under a new scheme all NSW high school duxes will be guaranteed a place at University of Sydney.  Under the scheme, targeted high achievers would not gain entrance to whatever course they wished, but would have the opportunity to seek admission into courses above the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank … Continue reading All’s Fair in Love, War and Student Admissions