ERIC Number: ED465106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
First Impressions Count: How Effective Recruitment and Admissions Can Encourage Students To Stay at College. LSDA Reports.
Researchers explored ways institutions in the post-16 education sector in England and Wales can formulate recruitment and admissions policies that encourage students to stay in college. Data were drawn from the following sources: seminars attended by representatives of the post-16 sector; analysis of the findings of 86 Further Education Funding Council inspection reports; findings of the 3-year Raising Quality and Achievement Programme; and 171 institutions' responses to a survey examining pre-entry guidance and admissions. The study confirmed that greater recognition of the importance of correct course placement, intensive local competition for students, and a desire to widen participation in the sector have led post-16 institutions to review their recruitment and selection processes. The following were among the study recommendations for improving recruitment and selection processes: (1) develop symbiotic relationships with schools; (2) establish and maintain pre-entry relationships with applicants and other pupils through a range of "keeping warm" activities; (3) improve applicants' understanding of their future program of study and what will be expected of them; (4) review entry criteria and ensure that staff apply minimum criteria consistently; (5) ensure greater impartiality in recruitment; (6) improve initial assessment of applicants; and (7) identify "at risk" students at the pre-entry or entry stage. (Contains 12 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Admission Criteria, Admission (School), Admissions Counseling, Articulation (Education), College Programs, Counseling Techniques, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, High Risk Students, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Student Recruitment
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (Ref no. A1134). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/A1134.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom