Demand for engineering and technology degrees grows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College applicants are opting in greater numbers for engineering and technology degrees but science courses are waning in popularity, latest figures show. The Central Applications Office (CAO) has received lists of preferred honours bachelor (level 8) degree choices from 70,006 Leaving Certificate candidates, mature students, and others for the coming academic year — 4% more than this time last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 July]

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Colleges fail to cut course numbers

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

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is satisfied with third-level colleges’ changes to entry systems, despite most having failed so far to significantly reduce course numbers from which Leaving Certificate students can choose …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 March]

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The fallacy of broad course choices at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago the then Minister, Ruari Quinn, got it into his head that there were too many programmes within the CAO system. The basic idea was that institutions were deliberately manipulating the supply-and-demand nature of the system to create seemingly high prestige courses …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 March]

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Universities should offer broader course choices for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government has established an expert group, chaired by Peter Cassells, which is ‘to identify and consider the issues relating to the long-term sustainable funding of higher education in Ireland and to identify options for change’ …” (more)

[Frances Ruane, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Reforms for Broader-entry Degrees as IUA Pressure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is under increasing pressure from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to reduce its number of course codes, documents from a meeting of Trinity’s University Council indicate …” (more)

[Patrick Lavelle, Campus.ie, 11 March]

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O’Brien calls for closer examination of cuts and impact on CAO choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Following news that 6,000 applicants have registered with the CAO but not indicated preferences for a course, Sinn Féin TD and Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien said that there was a clear effect of the cuts to guidance counsellors in schools in recent years …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 March]

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UCD only college to significantly cut course options

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Latest figures on CAO entry-level courses show the slow pace of change, but should not come as a shock. A similar comparison a year ago by the Irish Examiner, which counted only courses open for applications from Leaving Certificate students, showed that the numbers rose …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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Number of college courses continues to rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of courses being offered by third-level colleges continues to rise despite plans in 2011 to cut them and help end the Leaving Certificate points race. For more than 74,000 people who have registered this year with the Central Applications Office (CAO), there are now over 1,000 honours (level 8) degrees to choose from …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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CAO statistics show increased demand for construction courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Law, dentistry and business courses also see a significant rise in the number of applicants. That well-worn political slogan ‘it’s the economy, stupid’ seems to have been taken to heart by this year’s college applicants as demand continues to rise for courses in the growth areas of construction and engineering …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 March]

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CAO students bank on boomtime careers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“School leavers are putting their faith in economic recovery as this year’s CAO applications reveal a bounce for courses in business, construction, engineering and technology. Traditional professions such as law and architecture are also in high demand as a record number of applicants compete for sought-after college places …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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‘Don’t knows’ may be lacking support they need

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Some 6,000 CAO applicants have registered with the centralised college admission service, but have not indicated their course preferences. They represent 8.1% of the record 74,424 CAO applicants, a further increase on the 4,983 (6.8%) who had not made their choices at this time last year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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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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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 2. Duplication

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister has mentioned the problem of duplication on a number of occasions and has confused it with the proliferation of courses available through the CAO system …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 April]

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31% of students would change courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2013 by steve

“Just under a third of students would change their course if they could fill out their CAO application again, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Conor McMahon, Campus.ie, 18 June]

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Students: pick IT or business language courses, says IDA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2013 by steve

“The head of IDA Ireland has called on students filling out their CAO forms to prioritise courses with the best job prospects: information technology, digital media and language-based business …” (more)

[Business Post, 17 January]

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The early morning specialist

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 1st, 2013 by steve

“For reasons I won’t bother you with, I recently looked at the degree courses on offer at a respected English university; I won’t name it, this isn’t about that university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 January]

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Don’t make the same mistake I did when choosing your college course

Posted in Teaching on May 24th, 2012 by steve

“I picked the wrong course in the wrong college. Sixth year was hectic. I could focus only on getting the points and, with some luck, getting into college …” (more)

[Independent, 23 May]

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Choosing the right college course: a handy tool called CourseHub.ie

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 19th, 2012 by steve

“Deciding whether you want to pursue higher education is an important, life-changing decision. If you do decide to go ahead, you face the daunting task of choosing which course is right for you …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 19 May]

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