ERIC Number: ED465107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Best Match: Improving the Quality of Pre-Course Information, Advice and Guidance. LSDA Reports.
Ways of improving the quality of precourse information, advice, and guidance available to students entering further education and sixth form colleges in the United Kingdom were explored. Data were collected from the following sources: (1) the 3-year Raising Quality and Achievement Programme; (2) seminars on sharing good practice in delivering student support; (3) 171 institutions' responses to a survey on pre-entry guidance and admissions; and (4) analysis of the findings from 86 college inspection reports. The following were among the 10 recommendations for placing applicants more appropriately: (1) use feedback from those applying to the institutions; (2) explore any effects of pre-entry information, advice, and guidance on retention and achievement; (3) liaise with schools and the Connexions service to clarify the nature and extent of career education and guidance received by pupils; (4) identify the information needs of parents and guardians within the college catchment area and development appropriate ways of meeting them; (5) explore ways of increasing access to advice and guidance at times of greatest need; and (6) develop self-assessment tools to enable prospective students to identify the most appropriate program and level. A table listing tensions and conflicts of pre-enrollment services is appended. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Articulation (Education), College Programs, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Course Selection (Students), Delivery Systems, Educational Counseling, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Influences, Information Needs, National Surveys, Parents, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Seminars, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Student Placement
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom, England (Ref no. A1131). 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/A1131.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