Universities will be required to be completely transparent in regards to their admissions data by 2018, however with increasing diversity of admissions criteria there are a number of questions as to how this can be achieved.
Hear from leaders in the sector on how to improve the transparency of admissions data and how to implement a transparent admission processes whilst maintaining quality and remaining equitable.
The 'Improving Transparency in University Admissions' conference will focus on:
- Improving the transparency of admissions
- Ensuring compliance with transparency standards
- Consistency and comparability
- Transparency and subjective selection criteria
- Implications for equitable admissions
- Entry transparency and graduate quality
Who will attend?
Universities and Tertiary Admission Centres with responsibilities and roles for:
- Academic Registrars
- Student Management
- Higher Education Policy
Attend to learn:
Move towards transparent admissions data
Adopt a transparent admission process
- Unpack the effects on equity & quality
Professor Crisp taught chemistry for many years at the University of Adelaide and developed his passion for learning and teaching while continuing his research work in chemistry. He was actively involved in the development of online learning as the Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development and Director for Online Education at the University of Adelaide. He has received the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Excellence in Teaching); the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stranks Medal for Chemical Education and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships as well as a HERDSA and ASCILITE Fellowship. Prof Crisp is currently the PVC(Education) at UNSW Australia.
Professor Sue Willis (PhD) is Emeritus Monash University, having until recently been Vice-Provost (Education Programs) and prior to that the Pro Vice Chancellor (Social Inclusion) and the Dean of the Faculty of Education also at Monash.
Her responsibilities have included leadership of the governance of course design and approval including the policies, procedures and systems that supported implementation of the Monash course architecture, reviews of course quality, admissions and selection policy and admission pathways, and scholarships. She also led the social inclusion agenda of the university, particularly in relation to increasing participation at Monash University by students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those under-represented in higher education.
Professor Willis’s past research and curriculum development work has focused on mathematics education and on inclusion and equity in education, and she has published widely in both areas. She has engaged extensively in consultancy and policy work both locally and internationally, spending a number of years as a senior curriculum advisor to the Australian national government. Having served on many Boards and Steering and Consultative Committees, her past appointments include Foundation Director of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, several terms as President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) and President of the Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). She currently chairs the Scaling Committee of the Victorian Tertiary Entrance Centre (VTAC). Professor Willis is also a member of the Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group (IWG)
Professor Peter Jones is the Dean of Medicine at Bond University. He is a consultant paediatrician and has worked as a clinical academic at four different Medical Schools in Australia over the last twenty years. Bond University is a fully private not for profit University and its medical program is full fee paying. The program accepts only Australian students and is highly competitive with 8 eligible applicants for each available space in the program. The admissions process at Bond University is a very high stakes assessment process that has to be rigorous, transparent and defensible in the event of an appeal. Paradoxically the fact that all applicants are full fee paying students means that process has to be even more transparent than public medical schools as Professor Jones will explain as he gives his insights into medical student selection.
University of Adelaide
Professor Pascale Quester is the Inaugural Professor of Marketing at the University of Adelaide, since 2002. She then took on the role of Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of the Professions. In 2007, she was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, a role she became Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) in 2011.
She has held several appointments as visiting professor in overseas institutions including La Sorbonne. In 2007, she received the highest academic recognition by the French National Academic Committee to become Professeur des Universities et Habilitée à Diriger la Recherche.
In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious title of Distinguished Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy and in 2012, was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of France’s highest honours, in recognition of her contribution to higher education in both France and Australia. She is a regular speaker at Executive Leadership conferences and was elected Chair of the Group of 8 deputy vice chancellors (academic) in 2015.
A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2013, she was awarded SA Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Government and Academic category in 2015 and was appointed to the advisory board of defence SA in 2016.
What People Are Saying
“A good range of speakers who genuinely care about education and our future.”Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, UNSW
“Thoroughly enjoyable, controversial and thought provoking two days.”Director, Communications and Publishing, VTAC
“Interesting, informative, challenging and optimistic.”Director, Big Picture Education Australia
“The conference had a perfect blend of university sector specialists to share ideas and learnings. I found it a great opportunity to network and gain some interesting contacts for future benchmarking”Southern Cross University, past conference attendee
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