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ERIC Number: EJ860593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
PQA: Pretty Questionable Assumptions
Hoare, Anthony; Aitchison, Rebecca
Higher Education Review, v42 n1 p19-51 Aut 2009
The intention to introduce a form of post qualification application (PQA) for entry to UK universities has provoked considerable interest, debate and controversy, not least over its impact on diversifying the intake of undergraduates gaining entry to the allegedly most prestigious universities and courses. We review the arguments and evidence advanced so far in this national debate and then subject its hoped-for impacts to empirical testing with a novel and extensive dataset of successful university applications. The results are discouraging for the supporters of the PQA initiative, although much rests on the validity of using current experience to predict the post-PQA outcomes. This underlying assumption is examined in detail and we conclude it is unlikely to be a major factor behind the "disappointing" empirical results. (Contains 5 tables, 5 figures and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom