Hyland Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he expects reform proposals from the heads of universities following the publication of the Hyland Report last September; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 June]

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Quinn and the colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has a very welcome penchant for straight talking – as the heads of the seven universities discovered at a meeting in the Department of Education earlier this week …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 June]

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Minister Ruairi Quinn criticises universities delay in proposing reforms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has strongly criticised university leaders for failing to come up with reforms suggested by a 2011 report that aimed to ease pressure on students applying for third-level places …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 June]

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Education lottery system would hurt students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2011 by steve

“Welcome the recently published report Entry to Higher Education in the 21st Century by Áine Hyland. Many thoughtful suggestions for reform are included. However, the proposal to have a lottery for oversubscribed courses conjures up a dystopian world …” (more)

[RA Hackett, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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Report calls for new method of admission to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2011 by steve

“The Hyland Report, published on September 7, maintains that the points system is damaging 2nd level education and there is urgent need for change. The report titled Entry to Higher Education in Ireland in the 21st Century was prepared by Dr Áine Hyland, former vice-president of UCC, on behalf of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) …” (more)

[Education Matters, 9 September]

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Why do people go to university?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Changes to admis­sions sys­tems in the UK and Ire­land simply tinker with the exist­ing approach. They don’t address the more fun­da­mental changes in the rela­tion­ship between uni­ver­sity edu­ca­tion, eco­nomic and social life. We’re in the middle of a lot of changes in aca­demia, with the fees increase for stu­dents in Eng­land eli­cit­ing a response in Scot­land, and a report in Ire­land sug­gest­ing changes to the ‘points’ sys­tem of admis­sions to intro­duce more tar­get­ing …” (more)

[simondobson.org, 8 September]

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The Hyland Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“The report on entry to higher education by Prof Áine Hyland is an important contribution to the debate on reform of the points system. What’s clear from its 25 pages is that the current system is no longer fit for purpose …” (more)

[Irish Times, 8 September]

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University places could be decided by lottery

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Students could be selected for college by lottery instead of having to compete just on the basis of their Leaving Certificate results, according to one proposal for reform of third-level entry …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Draw for college places ‘unfair to brightest pupils’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“An overhaul of the Leaving Certificate points system by introducing a lottery for university places could be a disincentive for the brightest students, the academic proposing the change admitted yesterday. A university president last night also expressed concern about the proposal and how it would work …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 8 September]

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CAO system could be changed by 2014

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Radical changes to the college admission system could be in place within three years after Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn backed a new report yesterday. Mr Quinn praised the report which suggests places in third-level education could be allocated in a more targeted way …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Hyland gives poor grades to colleges and points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“… The report does not pull its punches. It sets out no less than 10 separate defects of the current points system. Prof Áine Hyland marshals the case against the current points system with impressive clarity. Her report begs an obvious question – why have we tolerated the Leaving Cert and the points race for so long? …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Text of Hyland report now available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

Entry to Higher Education in Ireland in the 21st Century, Discussion Paper for the NCCA / HEA Seminar to be held on 21st Sep 2011. Prepared by Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education, University College Cork, and Chairperson of the Commission on the Points System 1999 …” (pdf)

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Any change is better than pressure-cooker points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Any changes to reduce the pressures on students to perform well in the Leaving Certificate can only be welcomed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Quinn urges debate on CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2011 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn says he has an ‘open mind’ about changes to the CAO points system for college admission. Speaking a today’s unveiling of a new report on college entry, the Minister called for a public debate on the transition by students from Leaving Cert to third level …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Report recommends fewer college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2011 by steve

“The country’s third level colleges should consider reducing the number of courses available to first year students in order to lessen the competitiveness that is currently driving the CAO system. The proposal is included in a document drawn up for education authorities in the run-up to a conference on entry to higher education later this month …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 September]

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Radical overhaul of third-level admissions proposed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2011 by steve

“A radical transformation of the CAO college admission system is proposed in a new report due to be published today. The report – being considered by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn – suggests places in third-level education could be allocated in a more targeted way …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 7 September]

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University entry in Ireland: decided by lottery?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2011 by steve

“As long term readers of this blog will know, I am not a fan of the ‘points system’ which determines higher education entry in Ireland. Under this system, eligibility for entry into university programmes is determined by the points score calculated from the results of the final school examination, the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 September]

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The case to better align students with college courses is compelling

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2011 by steve

“It is no exaggeration to say the Hyland Report is one of the most significant education reports in two decades. Criticism of the Leaving Cert and the points system has become familiar on the education landscape …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 7 September]

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