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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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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New DCU, old discrimination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The newly formed DCU Institute of Education caused controversy only days into its existence. The faculty has been formed following the full incorporation of three educational institutes into the university, namely St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, The College View, 27 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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Failure rate in maths indicates distorted education policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Conflicting policies within Government are causing distortions in the higher education access process, adding complexity and even confusion to a system that should be quite straightforward …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 24 August]

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More myths about the CAO and the Leaving Cert

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

IrelandMyth 1: School-leavers are attracted to high point courses because of the prestige factor. Why this is a myth (I think!) My experience of talking to pupils at careers fairs over the years is that the opposite is the case …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 August]

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CAO cynicism

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

Ireland“It’s that time of the year when the Central Applications Office (CAO) makes offers of third level places to Ireland’s school-leavers. Places are allocated on the basis of a complex but transparent system of supply (of courses by third level institutions), demand (for courses by school leavers), and grades (obtained by school leavers in the second level terminal examination, the Leaving Certificate) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 22 August]

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CAO offers: Sharp points rise for courses linked to recovery

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

Ireland“Engineering, architecture, construction and business up as arts falls to new low. Thousands of school-leavers who hope to study architecture, engineering, construction and business face sharp points increases following a surge in applications for courses linked to the economic recovery …” (more)

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

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Download: 2016 CAO points for all college offers

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

Ireland“Tens of thousands of prospective students who applied for third-level courses can now check to see whether they have secured their first choice after offers through the Central Applications Office (CAO) were made accessible at 6am …” (more, download)

[Irish Times, 22 August]

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Stem steams ahead as students abandon the arts ship

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

Ireland“Students have been bombarded with calls to study science, technology, engineering and maths (known collectively as Stem) over the past few years. The message seems to be working, as points for those courses have risen across the board for the first round of CAO offers …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 22 August]

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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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Drop in top Leaving Cert scores may limit points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A slight drop in the number of students with top Leaving Certificate points scores could limit point rises in a number of high-calibre college courses. More than 70,000 students are hoping to get one of around 52,000 college offers being made by the Central Applications Office (CAO) on Monday, including more than 47,000 applicants who got their exam results on Wednesday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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Everyone is heading off to college – but is it worth it?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Early on Wednesday morning, at second-level schools across the country, tens of thousands of students opened their Leaving Cert results with whoops of joy or tears of despair. Forty years ago, most eager young teenagers finishing school would have started looking for a job and they would have considered themselves well qualified …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 August]

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CAO offers should come on same day as results, say principals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers should be released on the same day to reduce unnecessary stress and to give greater certainty to students, according to second-level principals …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert: More than 4,000 pupils fail maths

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

Ireland“More than 4,000 students have failed their Leaving Cert maths exams, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement.Grades in the higher level maths paper have stabilised with more than 70% securing an honour, but the failure rate …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 August]

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