Archive for access

Blind Law-School Grad Wins Right to Use Assistive Technology on Bar Exam

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“A blind law-school graduate won a legal victory today in her fight to take two legal exams with help from assistive software. It’s the latest in a series of court battles over issues of technology accessibility …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 January]

Widening access

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“… But it is also important to remember that these advances are possible on the whole not because the state has facilitated it, but because the institutions themselves have raised or set aside sums to provide the special support that these students need …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 September]

Improving college access

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – We would like to respond to Ross Higgins’s contention that the widening participation policy approach in Ireland over the last 15 years consists of ‘tinkering around the edges’ through ‘mentoring, supports and guidance’ (Opinion, August 21st). Mr Higgins’s opinion piece shows a disappointing lack of reference to any of the varied and imaginative responses to this issue that have developed …” (more)

[Cliona Hannon and others, Irish Times, 25 August]

Accessing higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Last week the Irish Times published an article by a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin, Ross Higgins, which made a case for action to address the under-representation of people from disadvantaged backgrounds at Irish universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 August]

Trinity access scheme bucking trends, says report

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who enter Trinity College Dublin through its access programme are bucking international trends by securing comparable jobs to the wider student body and pursuing further studies …” (more)

[Jamie Smyth, Irish Times, 2 August]

Widening Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

Abstract: This paper makes use of newly linked administrative data to better understand the determinants of higher education participation amongst individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is unique in being able to follow two cohorts of students in England – those who took GCSEs in 2001-02 and 2002-03 – from age 11 to age 20 …” (more)

[Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 18 June]

Fairness and efficiency in university admission

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“My recent paper on the non-effect of fee abolition in Ireland emphasized the socio-economic gradient in secondary school attainment: low SES means low points and therefore a low probability of progressing to university. Fees are a side-issue, at best. This problem is not unique to Ireland, of course …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 17 June]

What is university education for?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“A repeated theme on this blog has been the topic of widening participation in higher education, in particular financial and other consequences of this which do not appear to have been thought out. As ever, higher education – in Ireland, as in other countries – is expected to do more with less. The suggestion that perhaps participation in higher education has already gone far enough seems to be considered politically unacceptable …” (more)

[Wendy Richards, University Blog, 15 June]

Higgins raises access/ back to education crisis with Ombudsman

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“Labour Party President and Dáil deputy for Galway West, Michael D Higgins, has written to the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly asking for her intervention in a matter affecting a growing number of persons seeking to enter into third level education having previously been in the workforce …” (more)

[Michael D Higgins TD, Labour Party, 26 May]

A New Day for Education in the Midlands

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 April 2010 by Steve

“Earlier today AIT signed a cooperation agreement with Co Offaly VEC, a development which represents a new chapter in the history of education in the Midlands. The agreement was witnessed by the Taoiseach, an indication of support for the initiative at the highest level. Under the agreement both institutions will work together to develop FETAC Level 5 modules that will equip students to progress to third level …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó Catháin, A President’s Notebook, 20 April]

Dell workers may opt to refuse EU payouts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Many of the 3,000 Dell workers are ready to turn down money from the EU because they have been told they will lose their social welfare entitlements. Each of the redundant workers are entitled to spend up to €9,000 on retraining, further education or setting up their own business. But very few signed up for courses and retraining at a two-day workshop in Limerick at the weekend because they were told they would lose their social welfare, Labour MEP Alan Kelly said …” (more)

[HT: Bernie Goldbach]
[Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

Improving access to higher education?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 28 January 2010 by Steve

“As has been noted here previously, whatever views one might have on the abolition of tuition fees in Ireland in the 1990s, one benefit that has not particularly flowed from this is improved access to higher education for the under-privileged. While in affluent areas, say in South Dublin, the participation rate is now pretty much 100 per cent, in deprived areas such as Ballymun, Finglas and Coolock (all within quite close reach of DCU) it is still well below 10 per cent …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 January]

GMIT tops in providing equal access to third level education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is the top performer in the Institute of Technology sector when it comes to providing equal access to education over the past two academic years, new data from the Higher Education Authority shows. Equal access data relating to two academic years, 2007/8 and 2008/9, focuses on the social, economic and cultural background of students …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 14 January]

CAO to collect applicants’ background details in access study

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“Important information on the backgrounds of college applicants is being collected for the first time this year to help widen access to third-level education. For the past three years, colleges have supplied information to the Higher Education Authority on the social, economic and cultural backgrounds of students who enrol …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

Student selection and social engineering

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 7 January 2010 by Steve

“A big row has broken out in Britain over the UK government’s policy on student admissions to the country’s universities. The Business Secretary, Peter Mandelson, reportedly called on higher education institutions to ‘look beyond raw exam results when selecting applicants’. This is part of a broader UK government policy encouraging universities to use ‘contextual data’ in the admissions process …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 January]

‘Trinity Takes To The Streets’ Raises Over €110,000 for Educational Access

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 December 2009 by Steve

“‘Trinity Takes To The Streets’ Dublin City Marathon initiative raised over €110,000 for educational access initiatives and student hardship bursaries in Trinity. The beneficiary initiatives are the Trinity Access Programmes (TAP), National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) and the Student Hardship Fund. Students and staff who participated in the TTTTS initiative celebrated the end of a successful year with ‘Pies in the Pav’ earlier this week …” (more)

[TCD Media, 18 December]

Widening access: the confused agenda

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 1 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“In Ireland as in other countries, one of the policy objectives for higher education has in the past decade or so been to ensure that a greater proportion of the population has access to universities and colleges. It is government policy to increase participation rates in higher education to above 70 per cent, and also to ensure that students from a disadvantaged background are given access. If policy objectives were a guarantor of outcomes we would be on our way to a system that is both inclusive and fair …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 1 November]

Should Everyone Go to College?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 September 2009 by Steve

USA“Debates over college access, preparation and completion generally begin these days with the unspoken premise that every American should be able to go to college. It’s a notion President Obama enforced in his February speech to a joint session of Congress, calling on ‘every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training’, and in initiating efforts to expand access to community colleges. But the premise is starting to change, as politicians, policymakers and the public wonder if the push for access has gone too far and begin to ask, should everyone go to college? …” (more)

[Jennifer Epstein, Inside Higher Ed, 18 September]

Can we increase access to higher education?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“In a previous post in this blog, I looked at the targets that have been set for participation in higher education and looked at whether these were desirable or achievable. In particular, I considered the government’s target in Ireland to raise participation from just under 60 per cent to 72 per cent. From where I am right now, I would have to say that, quite regardless of any analysis of the benefits and disadvantages of such an increase, there is no realistic chance of achieving it as we cut budgets for higher education and attempt to live with scarce resources. However, it may be worth noting that higher education institutions still offer a fairly inflexible portfolio of programmes, and this has a bearing on the question I am raising here …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

Colleges urged to cater for disabled students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Students with disabilities are an afterthought in many Irish universities, a symposium of education experts was told yesterday. The symposium, organised by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (Ahead), was meeting to draft a Charter for Inclusive Teaching and Learning for third-level students. Ann Heelan, director of Ahead, said universities needed to take the needs of students with disabilities into account when designing their courses …” (more)

[Aoife Carr, Irish Times, 29 April]