ERIC Number: ED222151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Admission System in Distance Teaching Institutions. DERG Papers, Number 2.
Friedman, H. Zvi
Admissions at distance education systems is considered for new students (rather than continuing students). Based on a systems analysis, it is noted that there are three major subsystems to carry out the objective of converting applicants into students: the receipt of applications, the allocation of applicants to first year or introductory courses and the offer of places to applicants, and integration of applicants into the institution. The following procedures are discussed: promoting awareness of the distance teaching institution; providing preapplication guidance; keeping records of applications; and analyzing applications. Components of the task of offering applicants admission are as follows: assessing applications, determining whether academic/nonacademic criteria are met, and whether a place is available for the course desired; informing applicants of the result of their application; and analyzing course allocations for the institution. The basic functions of registration are outlined as follows: recording acceptance or refusal; changing an application record into a master student record; distributing the student record to regional/local services and administrative purposes; and analyzing registrations. The admission system functions with the operational cycle of the institution and may encompass serial or parallel operations. An admissions model is outlined, and a flowchart is presented to illustrate the formal information network. The admissions systems of the following institutions are very briefly described: Universidad Nacional Abierta of Venezuela; Sri Lanka Institute of Distance Education; the Free University of Iran; National Extension College, United Kingdom; Everyman's University, Israel; the Allama Igbal Open University of Pakistan; Universidad Estatal a Distancia of Costa Rica; and Open University, United Kingdom. (SW)
Descriptors: Admissions Counseling, Case Studies, College Admission, College Applicants, College Freshmen, Decision Making, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Systems, Open Universities, School Registration, Student Records, Systems Approach
Distance Education Research Group, The Open University, Walton Hall, (Rm. Q229 M Block), MK7 6AA, United Kingdom (1.50 pounds Brit., including postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley (England). Distance Education Research Group.