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Prospective higher education students need better information about admissions process: Shergold report

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (16.11.16) about details of a report delivered to the federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, suggesting changes to the process of student admission to higher education courses.

‘More students than ever before have the opportunity for higher education but their choices are being undermined by a confusing admissions system in much need of reform.

‘This is the conclusion of a report to Education Minister Simon Birmingham, which points to “a paradoxical situation”.

‘“Entry into universities has become more equitable. Yet there is evidence that families with less experience of higher education, which are economically disadvantaged or live in regional Australia, are less able to understand how admissions processes operate.”

‘The report, “Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions” is from the Higher Education Standards Panel, chaired by Peter Shergold, a one-time head of the Prime Minister’s department, and will be released by Birmingham on Wednesday.’

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