Archive for admissions

LIT first choice for 1,300 students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 1,300 students have listed the Limerick Institute of Technology as their first preference for third level education. New figures from the Central Applications Office place the Limerick Institute of Technology as the fourth most popular college in the country for level eight programmes …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 20 March]

Fee-paying schools top for university progression rates

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Six of the top 10 schools in the country, as judged by university progression rates, are fee-paying, while the other four are Irish-speaking …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 12 March]

University admissions: time to re-think the criteria

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 7 February 2011 by Steve

“This is going to sound very grand, but over the past few years I have been trying to persuade the education sector and politicians of two things: the socially undesirable and financially unsustainable nature of ‘free’ higher education that is not adequately funded; and the damage being inflicted on Ireland by the Leaving Certificate examination …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, February]

New Partners in the Plagiarism-Detection Business

Posted in Life with tags , , on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“… On Wednesday, Hobsons, a marketing and technology company that serves colleges, and iParadigms, which provides plagiarism-detection services such as, announced a new partnership that will allow colleges to bring ‘automated content authentication’ into the admissions process. Translation: The partnership will merge Hobsons’ popular online application system, ApplyYourself, with an iParadigms service called Turnitin for Admissions …” (more)

[Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 January]

Recruitment conundrum as A-level tariff threatens ‘academic autonomy’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 October 2010 by Steve

“The imposition of a minimum entry standard for university would put the government in control of what is traditionally a key area of academic judgement and allow it to restrict student places, vice-chancellors warned this week …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 21 October]

The great college squeeze

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 September 2010 by Steve

“This summer saw 77,500 applicants try to squeeze into 48,500 available college places across Ireland. This recordbreaking race, run by 2010’s freshers, and by those who weren’t so lucky, was one marked by uncomfortable omens – this latest increase in applicants despite looming cutbacks being only one example …” (more)

[Trinity News, 21 September]

Numbers, numbers

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Today the Higher Education Authority (HEA) announced the number of students in Irish universities and colleges. We had already known that the figures would show a significant increase over last year, and we now see that over the past two years student numbers have grown by some 14 per cent. This comes against the backdrop of significant cuts in state funding for higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 November]

More students than farmers in Ireland, latest figures show

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Record numbers of students are enrolling in third-level colleges amid continuing uncertainty about employment prospects. The surge brings the number of full-time undergraduate students in Ireland to over 110,000, more than the total number engaged in farming and related activities …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 November]

Colleges under pressure to meet student demand

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Colleges are under pressure to meet demand for rising student numbers in the face of falling budgets from the Government, the Higher Education Authority has warned. It revealed figures showing an 8% rise in numbers taking up places in State-funded, third-level institutions this autumn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

Higher education sees biggest ever rise in numbers

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The start of the 2009/10 academic year has seen an 8.3% rise in numbers attending third-level institutions on last year’s figures. It is the largest ever jump and growing numbers are also returning to higher education through routes other than the CAO …” (more)

[, 10 November]

Third-level admissions hit record levels

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Student admissions have risen above 45,000 for the first time, figures due to be released this week will show. According to a source in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) the figures will show a massive increase in the number of those who have entered higher education in 2009. They will also detail a substantial rise in those who have entered third level as mature students …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 8 November]

The subtext of the university brochure

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 July 2009 by Steve

UK“Over the past few months shrink-wrapped parcels shaped like a book have regularly been pushed through our letter-box … A visitor from a more austere generation might glance at their high standards of production and design and wonder about their cost and intent. The people in them are always young, usually smiling, and sometimes in kayaks or cafes. The buildings combine the antique with the bracingly new. Everything – everybody – is well lit and very clean. To me, they look like the grandest kind of travel brochure, and that in a way is precisely what they are …” (more)

[Ian Jack, Guardian, 11 July]

University black hole exposed as applicants surge

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 July 2009 by Steve

UK“Tens of thousands of capable sixth formers will miss out on university places this year because record numbers of applicants and a government freeze on places have created a crisis in the higher education system. Talks are under way with Lord Mandelson, the Skills Secretary, in the hopes that funding for an extra 10,000 places may be found. But university heads could veto the plan after they were told that they may not get extra money to teach the additional students …” (more)

[Joanna Sugden, Times, 10 July]

Leaving Certificate

Posted in teaching with tags , on 12 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… However, over time I have become increasingly frustrated to think that some of the potentially most productive people in society are being held back because they can’t summon up the motivation to conjugate Gaelic verbs or are puzzled as to why anyone should care about the rantings of old Irish poets or why Cathy is in love with Heathcliff. To follow Lubinski and people with this mindset, how many people with gifted spatial intuition and related abilities are we missing out each year due to this process? If the Government is serious about promoting STEM achievement, should we consider an alternative track for gifted students to signal their abilities other than a general exam process …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 11 May]

What’s College Admissions Without a Blog?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 April 2009 by Steve

USA“College-admissions offices overwhelmingly consider social media important for recruiting students, and more institutions are creating blogs and online profiles, new studies show. Thirty-three percent of admissions offices kept blogs in 2007, and 29 percent maintained social-networking profiles, according to a report released today by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, known as NACAC. The report, ‘Reaching the Wired Generation: How Social Media Is Changing College Admission’, is based on survey responses from 453 colleges in the spring of 2007 …” (more)

[Sara Lipka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 April]

Holistic Approach Is Overrated as Admissions Tool, Says Researcher

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 April 2009 by Steve

USA“Many admissions officials insist on the importance of evaluating the ‘whole student’. That is, considering the talents and potential that grades and standardized-test scores do not reveal. The trick is that holistic assessment is often unreliable, Scott Highhouse said here this morning at Wake Forest University’s Rethinking Admissions conference. Mr. Highhouse, a professor of industrial-organizational psychology at Bowling Green State University, cautioned admissions professionals about the limits of holistic evaluations, such as the personal interviews that Wake Forest built into its application process this year …” (more)

[Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 April]