Tertiary entry is focus of panel

A NATIONALpanel is set to make theuniversity entrance process moretransparent for future students.

The Higher Education Standards Panel are now taking submissions to ensurefuture university students havethe information theyneedto transition into their studies.

The panel of experts is looking into how toimprove admissions and to give students more information on the importance of ATAR scores and subject selection in college.

Key principles to be looked at include clarifying how ATAR scores are used, clearly articulating entry requirementsand offeringconsistentinformation onentry pathways.

Tasmanian education stakeholders have agreed that anything that gets students more interested in higher education was a positive step.

Tasmanian Principals Association president Malcolm Elliott said the amount of higher education choices available can become confusing for students trying to chose a future pathway.

“Children and families should have a comprehensive picture of the pathways available, whether it be to university or a completion of a Certificate III,” Mr Elliott said.

“If you want people to have a wide range of choice, that means those choices raise complexities but if we narrow the choice that means we run the risk of narrowing the curriculum and that’s not really want we want either.”

Independent Schools Tasmania executive directorTony Crehanthought Tasmanian schools and universities already did a good job of supporting students heading into higher education.

“As far as Tasmania’s concerned, my knowledge is that theuniversity here is very proactive in providing information,” Mr Crehan said.

The panel’s chairmanPeter Shergold said hewelcomedfeedback and suggestions from students, families, schools, career advisers andhigher education institutions.

ProfessorShergold said institutions shouldoffer simple, clear and comparable admissions policies.

“Students and their families need to be able to make fully-informed decisions about what is best for them – what is required to get into higher education and what support is provided to help them succeed,”he said.

Submissions closeMay 27. For more information or to make a submission visit the Department of Education and Training website.

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