CAO applications on course to match last year’s record high

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of college applicants this year is on course to match last year’s record high, new figures show. Latest figures show 76,213 applicants had registered with the CAO by Wednesday evening’s deadline …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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New Grading System Won’t Change Old Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As the new term begins, and whispers of mock exams and CAO deadlines surface menacingly, this year’s Leaving Certificate examinations are making their approach known, with the overwhelming majority of Trinity students full of both fond and painful memories of the ordeal they represent …” (more)

[University Times, 15 January]

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Education journalism and entry to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It won’t make me popular to say this but we have a problem with education journalism in this country. This morning there have been two articles, one in the Irish Times and one in the Examiner in which Philip Nolan, president of University of Maynooth, is given free rein to continue his campaign to make general entry the normal mode of entry to third level education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 January]

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Third-level courses should be radically overhauled, says university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Traditional third-level courses should be radically overhauled to allow students choose whether to specialise early or pursue a much broader range of study, according a university president. Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, said a majority of its students are opting to study a wide range of subjects under recent changes to its undergraduate programmes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 January]

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University course flexibility ‘working’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A university which has reduced the number of specialised entry courses says the positive response shows it has been a good move for students. Maynooth University (MU) offers arts students a wider choice of subjects in first year, rather than restricting themselves to very specific paths in their Central Applications Office (CAO) forms …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 January]

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New website aims to simplify CAO process for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new site to search third-level college courses has received more than 20,000 hits in its first week. UniBrowse.ie is a interactive search tool that enables applicants to easily access detailed information about third-level college courses …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 29 December]

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Private School Dominance in High Points Courses Needs to be Understood

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A recent report, published by the Irish Times, uncovered the fact that there is a steady rise in the number of students progressing from fee-paying secondary schools to high-points courses. More private school students are attending the top courses in the top institutions than ever before …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 23 December]

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A dozen education issues set to dominate 2017

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Here are 12 issues you are likely to hear plenty about in Irish education next year, ranging from the baptism barrier to student loan schemes and from industrial action to preschool problems …” (more)

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

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Feeder schools list reveals scale of social inequality as pupils from fee-paying schools dominate high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The annual list of feeder schools shows the number of students who are progressing to higher education from individual secondary schools. As a measure of academic performance, it is a blunt instrument …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 December]

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Geography and third-level education: the strong link

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Young people who live in more affluent parts of the city and county – predominantly south Dublin and certain parts of north Dublin such as Clontarf, Howth and Portmarnock – have a higher chance of going to college than those in more disadvantaged parts of Dublin. On a county by county basis, Limerick and Galway also do well, while Longford doesn’t do so well …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Private schools tighten grip on top university places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from private schools are tightening their grip on places in high-points third-level courses, despite millions of euro being spent on programmes to widen access to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Analysis: What the feeder tables tell us

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The percentage progression rates of past pupils of 677 second-level schools in Ireland, published in the feeder tables in the following pages, do not solely reflect the success of this year’s Leaving Cert class in securing college places through the CAO …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Students who ‘failed’ exams to get CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Any student who previously failed a Leaving Cert exam with an E grade will be entitled to CAO points for the first time, under changes to be announced later this week. A new CAO points system aimed at easing the pressure on students is due to come into force for students sitting the Leaving Cert next summer …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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205 studying CAO courses in private colleges missing out on Susi grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 third-level students who meet the criteria for a grant are losing out – because they are studying in private colleges. The students are on CAO courses in institutions such as Griffith College and DBS, Dublin, where typical fees are about €5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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CAO offers for students as appeals upheld

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A number of CAO applicants can expect late college offers this week after a number of Leaving Certificate appeals were upheld. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has announced that the original results of some 1,698 papers have been upgraded following appeals by students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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New CAO points system: what students and parents need to know

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Are you hoping that your child will get an A or B in next year’s Leaving Cert? Well, forget about it: they haven’t a hope. From 2017, the old familiar grading system – As, Bs, Cs and so on – is gone. In its place is a new grading system, with higher-level grades from H1 to H8 and ordinary grades from O1 to O8 …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 September]

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University entry, essays and aptitude tests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr David Doran (August 26th) rightly condemns the health professions admission test (HPAT) for entry to medicine as unproven, unreliable, unfair and absurd, and suggests that an egalitarian and fair alternative should be sought …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Are universities inflating points?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The basic argument is this: (i) universities cynically restrict their intake to courses, (ii) the CAO is a supply and demand system, (iii) points go up, (iv) prestige of institution is enhanced. But it’s wrong …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 August]

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Reforming the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Clive Byrne draws an important distinction between ‘being educated’ and ‘getting an examination grade’ (‘Leaving Cert reform should focus on “real world” skills’, Opinion & Analysis, August 26th). Since the meanings of such examination grades have not been defined in terms of student learning outcomes, it is hardly surprising that students see them in terms of CAO points’ values …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Colleges creating ‘elite courses with small numbers’ says Limerick principal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increased demand for courses is ‘reflective of the ongoing recovery of the economy’, according to local third level institutions, in light of the CAO figures this week. A significant increase in demand for programmes relating to environment, science, technology and business were seen at University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 26 August]

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