Far-reaching reforms aim to slow down CAO ‘points race’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The most-far reaching reforms in the Leaving Cert in 25 years will kick in on Wednesday when about 58,000 students get their exam results. The introduction of new exam grading, along with an overhaul of the CAO points system, is designed to be fairer and will take some of the heat out of the ‘points race’, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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Shake-up of grading system aims to take pressure off students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The State exams enter a new era today with a shake-up in the grading system for Leaving Cert candidates and a shorter, new-style written English paper in the Junior Cert. The new Leaving Cert grading scheme replaces the traditional ABC system as part of wider efforts to take unnecessary heat out of the CAO points race …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 June]

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Number of high points courses reaches record high

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of degree courses requiring 500 points or more has jumped to a record high in this year’s Central Applications Office (CAO) listings. This is despite pledges by universities to help dampen the points race by broaden entry routes into college courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Record college application numbers driving likely points rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of college applicants has reached the highest level on record this year, with points increases likely for a range of third-level courses. A record 80,880 people have applied to the Central Applications Office (CAO), with many flocking to courses linked to the economic recovery, such as architecture, engineering and technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 August]

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School-leavers will have to aim higher under new grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s Leaving Cert classes are facing some major changes in terms of the results they will need to get into college. Students will have to achieve higher marks in key subjects in order to be considered for certain college courses – although in others the minimum grade required will drop …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Increase in college courses requiring more than 500 points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An increase in the number of students taking higher level maths in the Leaving Cert is set to push more college courses through the 500 points entry threshold. More than 55,000 Leaving Certificate candidates will receive their results tomorrow, Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Myths about the CAO system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is desperately frustrating to hear, year after year, the same nonsense being spoken about the Leaving Cert and the CAO system. So let’s try to expose (yet again!) some of the myths …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 August]

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Third-level students want flexibility and choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years ago the points system was introduced to level the playing pitch for students seeking entry to higher education. Over the past decade, however, it became clear that it had been exploited and manipulated …” (more)

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

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Colleges are fuelling the points race, warns university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not done enough to take the heat out of the CAO points race, according to a university president. Professor Philip Nolan says school-leavers still face too confusing a choice of CAO courses, despite a pledge to simplify the process …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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Time for colleges to slow down points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are far too many college courses on offer through the Central Applications Office. And it can often be hard to distinguish between them. How many of us could tell the difference between computer and communications engineering, computer engineering in mobile systems, and computer applications? Yet we expect school-leavers to know when they fill in their CAO form …” (more)

[Independent, 15 August]

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Fewer courses a boon for Maynooth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University claims that having fewer entry courses for Leaving Certificate students is the reason for its increase in popularity this year. A limited number of courses, rather than very specialised degrees at third-level, was proposed by experts in 2011 to ease the intensive ‘points-race’ for school-leavers, which has a major influence on teaching at second-level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Colleges criticised for using small-intake courses to drive up CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Many colleges are still manipulating the CAO system by offering courses with very few student places in order to drive up the points requirements for them, a university president has warned. Colleges have been criticised in the past for creating these high-points courses in the belief they add to the prestige of the institutions …” (more)

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

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Stress being placed on young people by points race raises risk of suicide

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An obsession with getting the highest points possible is putting huge pressure on the mental health of our children, a leading child psychiatrist has warned …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 17 May]

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Reformed college entry system ‘must be monitored’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Parents will be watching the rollout of a reformed college entry system very closely to ensure the desired effects of easing the long-running points race are achieved, education leaders have been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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CAO, Colleges and the Points Race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Economics can be useful. By this I dont mean the quasi-mathematical faffing about that some, including practitioners, think of as economics. Nor do I mean forecasting, something economists are both poor at and addicted to doing …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 27 August]

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Points race does not always deliver the best results for our students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There are students from the class of 2015 out there who achieved 570, 580 or 590 points in the Leaving Certificate, and they are hugely disappointed with their CAO offer, or lack of it …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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CAO: Points race speeding up as students chasing top jobs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The points race is hotting up, with the country’s brightest students racing to get into courses that will give them jobs in the hi-tech, engineering and financial worlds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 August]

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Colleges accused of manipulating admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leading academic has said colleges have been manipulating the admissions system to maintain their number of high-points courses. President of Maynooth University Professor Philip Nolan said colleges are limiting the number of students being admitted to these high-points courses to keep the points requirements high …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 August]

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Hottest-ever points race as number of applications soars

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The points race for sought-after college courses is set to be hotter than ever this year, as demand for third-level places hits a new high. When the main deadline for CAO applications closed yesterday, 74,499 people had applied for a place, which is a record for this time of year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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Moves to slow down CAO points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Most universities have reduced the number of courses available to Leaving Certificate students through the Central Applications Office (CAO) in a first significant move to help slow down the college points race. The 562 university honours (level 8) degrees for which school leavers can apply through the CAO is down 17, from 579 a year ago …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 January]

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