The rise in CAO points has sent shock waves through the educational system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“When third-level college places were announced last week, my social media was quickly flooded with images of excited young adults about to embark on the next stage of their education. Like most years, these images came a week after a stream of news stories on the ‘600-plus points’ students who were rightly celebrated in the national media …” (more)

[Colman Noctor, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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NUI Galway appoints first full-time Traveller Education Officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has appointed its first full-time Traveller Education Officer to lead the teaching and learning of students from the Traveller community. Owen Ward, a Traveller, qualified teacher and alumnus of the University, will take on the role as NUI Galway develops a model to empower the community to overcome barriers to access, progression, retention and success in higher education …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 13 September]

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Teachers and the points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On the front page of the Irish Times on September 8th, the university registrars cite ‘grade inflation’ as the source of ‘cruelty’ inflicted on disappointed young people seeking to enter college (‘Call to tackle “cruel” grade inflation as college points hit new high’, News, September 8th) …” (more)

[Tomás Ó Ruairc, Irish Times, 13 September]

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TCDSU ‘Shocked’ at IUA’s Stance on Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has said that the government’s approach to college fees is not working, criticising the Irish University Association’s (IUA) opposition to fee abolition. In an interview with The University Times, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that ‘we have to recognise that there are individuals and families in the country who can afford to make the student contribution’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 10 September]

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The Government Isn’t Taking the Spiralling Cost of College Seriously

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Beginning college is a special and exciting time. It means developing new friendships, embarking on new experiences and getting to grips with a subject you love. However, for too many students, it’s also a time of stress and pressure as they struggle to meet the costs of college …” (more)

[Mary Lou McDonald, University Times, 9 September]

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Students left without college offers due to errors or omissions in their CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students have not received any college offers after failing to spot ‘urgent’ emails from the CAO alerting them to errors or omissions in their applications. In many cases, the affected students secured the points required for their first-choice courses but lost out because their exam numbers were not recorded on the CAO system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Grade Inflation: The Scandal Nobody Is Calling A Scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… The reason for this inflation is obvious: The department of education, fearful that it would be blamed by some parents if their children did not do well in the context of a year of school closures, instructed that those marking the examinations should take the lockdown and the impact of school closures into account. Formally and informally, up and down the examinations process, political pressure was exerted to make sure that people’s ‘hard work’ was recognised and rewarded. The result is record high marks. But of course, record high marks have disastrous consequences …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 9 September]

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Grade inflation set to end for next year’s Leaving Cert, says Foley

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert grades look set to return to more normal levels in next year’s exams, down from record highs of the past two years. Minister for Education Norma Foley said on Wednesday that a return to more traditional assessments next year, without school-estimated grades, is likely to see a return to more normal patterns of achievement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Simon Harris backs overhaul of Leaving Cert and college admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There ‘must be a better way’ to decide on third-level admissions than the Leaving Cert, the Minister for Further Education has said. Speaking in Dublin on Wednesday, Simon Harris said he is not sure the current exam and points race is ‘the right way to go’, referring to the fact that a number of students who achieved maximum marks in the Leaving Cert could still miss out on their preferred course due to their being more students applying than places available …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Offers and Points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday the Central Admissions Office released the first round offers for entry to Irish Universities; today the details appeared in the Irish newspapers. I don’t usually buy a newspaper on a weekday but I couldn’t resist getting a copy of the Irish Times so I could pore over the information presented in the CAO supplement, of which the picture above shows only a part …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 September]

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Grade inflation drives CAO points to record highs for many college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for entry into many college courses have jumped to a record high, with some students failing to get into courses despite securing more than 600 points. About 20 college courses across universities such as Trinity, UCD, DCU, NUI Galway, RCSI and UL broke the 600-point barrier this year. This is up from seven courses last year and just one the year before …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Universities Unlikely to Lobby for Universal Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are unlikely to advocate for the abolition of the student contribution charge, after the head of the sector’s lobby group signalled his opposition to the principle of free third-level education …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 7 September]

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Third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A piece in the SBP at the weekend by John Walsh caught my eye. In it he demanded the reintroduction of fees. He suggests: ‘There is one policy area, however, that the government would be more than happy to keep in cold storage. Yet its implications are far reaching …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 7 September]

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High-scoring Leaving Cert students may miss out on preferred CAO courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some students who received more than 600 points in their Leaving Cert may miss out on their first-choice course in the first round of CAO offers on Tuesday because of grade inflation. CAO points for university and college courses are set to increase when offers are made in the first round due to a record number of students securing the highest grades in this year’s Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Student housing crisis sees landlords seeking up to €1,200 per room per month

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A student housing crisis is forcing some students to defer third-level education until they have saved enough money to cover escalating accommodation and college costs …” (more)

[Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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CAO system overhaul will see further education and apprenticeships included

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The minister for higher education is set to overhaul the CAO system to include further education and apprenticeships. From November, the CAO website will be revamped to include those areas in a bid to ease what has been dubbed the ‘points race’ …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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Extra university places are needed in future – expert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert grade inflation means measures are likely to be needed for next year’s exam students to make sure they have fair access to higher and further education …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 5 September]

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‘Hard reality’ some students won’t get first CAO choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pol Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President of NUI Galway and Chair of the CAO, has said the ‘hard reality’ is some students will not be successful in securing their first choice. Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, he said the Leaving Certificate points have gone up and therefore the demand for the places has gone up …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 September]

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Students paying up to €11,000 for accommodation on campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students face paying up to €11,000 for on-campus accommodation this year. UCD updated its costs for on-campus accommodation for this coming academic year, with options ranging from €6,728 to €10,526 for first year students and €6,447 to €11,113 for returning students …” (more)

[Seoirse Mulgrew, Independent, 6 September]

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SUSI is a Broken System. Late Stipend Payments Add Insult to Injury

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of college is frequently a barrier to accessing education for many students, and with the first installment of the SUSI grant not set to be paid until October 8th, it is going to be particularly hard this year for many to make ends meet. This week, The University Times spoke to recipients of the grant about the later-than-normal first payment …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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