Snobbery lies at the heart of our education and training system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The recent Higher Education Authority analysis of completion rates offers many grounds for congratulation among undergraduate students: overall the figures compare well with international benchmarks. But they raise some important issues, especially given relatively higher dropout rates in institutes of technology and in IT courses …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Lessons from college drop-out rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Third-level institutions must take some responsibility for the high drop-out rate at college level. Does the Higher Education Authority monitor the quality of lecturing, the lecture content and the exam processes of these institutions? …” (more)

[Kathleen Barton, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Career guidance in schools and third-level dropout rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The detailed report published on February 14th by the Higher Education Authority on completion rates in higher education is welcome as the numbers entering the sector continue to grow (‘Some third-level computing courses have 80% drop-out rate’, News, February 14th) …” (more)

[Lucy Hearne, Irish Times, 18 February]

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TCD to teach first course in regional cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has begun reaching out to the regions by offering its first course that will be taught in Cork, Limerick, and Galway as well as Dublin. The level nine postgraduate certificate in innovation and enterprise development will be marketed to job-seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 17 February]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome earlier date for Round One CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (15 February, 2019) welcomed confirmation that Round One offers from the Central Applications Office (CAO) will be issued this year on the earlier date of Thursday, 15 August 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 February]

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Leaving Cert students set to receive college offers four days earlier than normal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert students will have to wait just 48 hours after they get their exam results to find out if they have a college place. Up until now, thousands of students have faced the agony of a five-day wait after their results to see if they secured a CAO offer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Parents need to learn higher education is not the only measure of success

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Parents need to be challenged over their belief that higher education is the ‘only measure of success’ for school-leavers, the head of a national education body has warned. Nessa White, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, was responding to the findings of a study which show alarming dropout rates among students in some computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 February]

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The Leaving Cert, signalling and third level non-completion rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that completion rates in university and IoT courses are closely correlated with CAO points has been known for some time. However, the fact that this is still newsworthy is interesting and probably has to do with the prevailing narrative, a narrative in which the Leaving Cert is deemed to be unfit for purpose and inadequate as a preparation for the rigours of 21st century higher education …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 14 February]

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New Data from the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA have produced a major study on An Analysis of Completion in Irish Higher Education: 2007/08 Entrants, which makes for interesting reading. As with many HEA reports there is a lot of detail and mountains of data (this report is 220 pages long!). It does not include the National College of Ireland nor the likes of the Dublin Business School which is a big pity and a major omission in my view …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 14 February]

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THEA Reaction to HEA Analysis of Completion Rates in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) very much welcomes this first extended completion analysis across the entire higher education sector. We compliment the HEA for engaging in such a longitudinal study and for the attendant analysis. As a sector, we have been examining progression and successful completion in this manner for the best part of a decade …” (more)

[THEA, 13 February]

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Four in Every Five Irish Students Complete their Degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major Study of Higher Education Completion Rates Finds that Leaving Certificate Performance is Strongest Predictor of Completion. The Higher Education Authority today published a study on the rates of completion of 34,059 students who entered Irish Universities, Institutes and Colleges full time at undergraduate level in the 2007/8 academic year …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 February]

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Disadvantaged students need much better access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a recent High Court decision, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys vindicated a citizen’s right to access higher education and vocational training. It is both surprising and disappointing that the Minister for Education and Skills has decided to appeal this decision and is to argue that no individual has a right to access to higher education …” (more)

[Judith Harford and Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Some third-level computing courses have 80% drop-out rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A majority of students are dropping out of third-level computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points, official figures show. These high non-completion rates are a source of ‘huge concern’ to education authorities, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which has tracked a cohort of more than 34,000 students who started third-level courses in 2007/08 over a 10-year period …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Leaving Cert grades linked to finishing college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students with higher Leaving grades and CAO points are significantly more likely to complete higher education than those with lower grades, according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority. The study, which tracked 34,059 full-time undergraduate students who entered Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges in 2007 across ten years, found that the lowest completion rates were in computing courses, where 45% of students dropped out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Tech courses are toughest to finish in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology and computing courses are proving to be the hardest to complete in college, a major new study has found. The report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) also found that females had significantly higher completion of third-level courses than males. And first year is key – with almost two thirds of those who don’t graduate dropping out at that stage …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Is it too easy to get into some third-level college courses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are we setting the bar too low for entry into some of our higher education courses? It’s a question begged by the findings of a major study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) into the volume of students who are failing to complete third-level courses. The good news is that, overall, most students (76%) are completing their courses in higher education. …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Class and education in Ireland: ‘Disadvantaged students cannot thrive’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite official efforts at combating disadvantage in Irish schools, a huge class chasm remains. While middle-class girls thrive, working-class boys struggle. We recently invited readers to give their perspectives on this issue. Here is a selection of your responses …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 February]

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Drop in Northern Ireland students applying for university places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2019 by steve

“The number of Northern Ireland students applying to university has fallen – but remains higher than other UK regions, new figures show. Just under half of 18 year olds (46.8%) have applied to start a full-time undergraduate course in September 2019 – down 0.7% …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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Third Level Costs – Pharmacy Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the issues faced by pharmacy students who will now have enormous tuition fees for the fifth year of their course will be addressed; his views on whether the changes will result in students not pursuing studies in pharmacy in the future for purely financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 February]

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The university fees conversation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many students will be familiar with the process of applying for a grant from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). It is a long process which demands attention and various details of the student and their families finances. Many students find it a confusing process. Although, not just for students it seems …” (more)

[Taidgh Beahan, The College View, 6 February]

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