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ERIC Number: EJ865709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Admission Conditions and Graduates' Employability
Alexandre, Fernando; Portela, Miguel; Sa, Carla
Studies in Higher Education, v34 n7 p795-805 Nov 2009
In a context of increasing competition for students, admission conditions have been used as an instrument in a strategy of differentiation. Such a strategy is guided by short-run concerns, that is, the immediate need to attract more students. This article takes a longer term view, by examining graduates' employability. The authors find that tougher admission conditions (namely, a mandatory mathematics examination) appear to be linked with lower unemployment propensity. Previous studies, however, have found that those programmes face lower demand when compared to other studies. These results suggest that students' choices may be based on insufficient information on returns to higher education investment. That information failure indicates that a government intervention may be due. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal