Improving selection for tertiary places in Victoria


This report provides a critical analysis of Victoria's present tertiary selection processes; in particular, the role, influence and appropriateness of the Equivalent National Tertiary Education Rank (ENTER, to be replaced in 2009 by the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, ATAR), which is presently derived from the assessment conducted as part of the VCE. 

The paper also explores the possible benefits and implications of alternative approaches to selection and a preliminary outline of a model for tertiary selection suited to the objective of expanding participation and improving equity is proposed. Ultimately, the report argues that urgent consideration should be given to the fairness and suitability of tertiary selection practices in Victoria.

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Richard James, Emmaline Bexley and Madeline Shearer
Funded by
the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIRD) and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)