In the United States of America, as in the United Kingdon, universities or colleges are sellective about the students they access for study. This means that come spring time each year, some applicants get a warm note of acceptance, and the rest get a curt rejection.
Now, in the USA, as colleges are becoming increasingly swamped with applications, a small but growing number are offering a third option: guaranteed admission if the student attends another institution for a year or two and earns a prescribed grade-point average.
The New York Times states that, 'This little-noticed practice — an unusual mix of early admission and delayed gratification — has allowed colleges to tap their growing pools of eager candidates to help counter the enrollment slump that most institutions suffer later on, as the accepted students drop out, transfer, study abroad or take internships off campus.'
“Life happens — we all understand that the size of the freshman class diminishes as they progress,” said Barmak Nassirian, an associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in Washington. “This is an attempt at what is called enrollment management.”
However, whilst this practice offers applicants a second shot at attending their dream school, it can also place them in limbo, as they start college life on a campus they plan to abandon. And it can create problems for that institution, which is not usually informed of the deal the student has struck with a competitor.
Monica Inzer, the dean of admission at Hamilton College in upstate New York, called the practice “borderline unethical,” saying it had the effect of recruiting students from other colleges. “We would allow a student to defer for a year, but never to matriculate full time at another college,” Ms. Inzer said.Though this practice of deferred admission is not entirely new, admissions officers say the number of colleges in the USA offering the option has increased in recent years, and that they expect that to continue as baby boomers’ children, who created their own demographic bulge, move into adulthood.
“Throughout the Northeast in particular, the number of traditional freshmen will continue to go down, so schools that aren’t already doing something like this are talking about it,” said Gregroy P. Florczak, vice president for enrollment management and undergraduate admissions at Medaille. “You’re going to need to pick up in transfers what you are losing in incoming freshmen.”Let's see if the UK education market starts following this trend of 'admission management'.
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