Conflict at deals for top Year 12s

Conflict at deals for top Year 12s  |  Andrew Trounson |  The Australian Higher Education | 20  July, 2011

TENSIONS at the University of Melbourne over the fairness of providing guaranteed postgraduate pathways only to students with high Year 12 scores, has underlined the high-wire act institutions face in balancing equity and the pursuit of prestige. Melbourne’s decision recently to lower performance thresholds at undergraduate level for high-achieving Year 12 students in order to secure a guaranteed offer of a subsidised postgraduate place was hotly debated at an academic board before agreement was reached. It prompted one academic to complain to the HES that the decision represented the “revenge” of parents of elite private school students, upset that Melbourne doesn’t automatically give high Year 12 scorers direct entry into professional study.

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