Alphacrucis University College

A case study analysis of the development and implementation of an Admissions Framework at a University College

Presentation Abstract

The question of who is selected to enrol in colleges and why is a growing focus area of research in the Australian Higher Education sector. This is driven by a number of factors which may include regulatory interest in student attrition and completion rates of university students. As well as the TEQSA compliance priority to ensure students are equipped to succeed. There are diverse reasons why students choose to study at a particular college. Don Hossler and Karen Gallagher argue that: “Most of these studies of student college choice examine how student background characteristics, aspirations and achievements interact with student expectations of college.” This paper, however, will highlight the importance of Admissions Frameworks in providing guidance and transparency for students admitted into higher education. Admissions frameworks also form an important function in governing the student selection process, through regulation, policies, ATARS, work life experience and other criteria many providers rely on these mechanisms to determine the likelihood of student’s admission and subsequent academic success. This case study analyses the development and implementation of an Admissions Framework in a University College context as a determinant of successful student outcomes. This case study will contribute to the growing field of research into Australian admissions selection processes and outcomes.

Aligning with the Higher Education Standards Framework, this paper will contribute to the following areas of focus, Domain 1 student participation and attainment, Domain 6, Governance and Accountability, and Domain 7, representation, information and information management.


Student Participation and Attainment (D.1)

Governance & Accountability (D.6)

Representation, Information & Information Management (D.7)