University Degrees

    July 11th 2010, 17:22pm - Posted by Administrator

  • Universities in UK have seen a major rise in the number of enrolling students since 1980s. Where this increase has raised the over all literacy rate it has also contributed to

    Universities in UK have seen a major rise in the number of enrolling students since 1980s. Where this increase has raised the over all literacy rate it has also contributed to the social and economical growth of the country. But that's not the whole view of the students increase; this has born a new confusion, the confusion of deciding which university degree is better than which university.

    Comparing degrees in numerous subjects among universities is becoming increasingly baffling due to a higher number of students and level of competition among universities. Some researchers claimed that due to the increased competition the classification of first class, second class and third class degrees is also in danger of becoming too vague for students and other stakeholders. The number of students accomplishing the first has increased by a fold since 1985, and Quality Assurance Agency, the university watch dog, expressed its concern over the measures and methods adopted by university in grading systems. To address this concern, last year universities introduced a detailed report card system to gradually replace old style degree grades. Around 18 universities introduced a new system on test run known as Higher Education Achievement Record which gives a detailed account of students’ grades and extra curricular activities.

    Professor, Roger Brown, says that previously a very small portion of population attended university, the student back ground and ability were not much different, and comparing the outcome of degree courses was quite reasonable. However, according to Professor Roger Brown, now almost 50% of the population takes higher education, and the range of ability of students, nature and result of courses vary greatly. He said “It makes little sense to seek comparability of outcomes, and indeed it would actually be wrong to do so”. His thought was supported by Prof Rick Trainor, principal of King’s College London by his statement “a first class degree in tourism and management from a former polytechnic could not be compared with a first in ancient history from a top institution”.

    There is an overwhelming number of drop outs have been encouraged to reach university level education and according to an estimate around 400, 000 more students are participating in higher education than in 1997.

    the social and economical growth of the country. But that's not the whole view of the students increase; this has born a new confusion, the confusion of deciding which university degree is better than which university.

    Comparing degrees in numerous subjects among universities is becoming increasingly baffling due to a higher number of students and level of competition among universities. Some researchers claimed that due to the increased competition the classification of first class, second class and third class degrees is also in danger of becoming too vague for students and other stakeholders. The number of students accomplishing the first has increased by a fold since 1985, and Quality Assurance Agency, the university watch dog, expressed its concern over the measures and methods adopted by university in grading systems. To address this concern, last year universities introduced a detailed report card system to gradually replace old style degree grades. Around 18 universities introduced a new system on test run known as Higher Education Achievement Record which gives a detailed account of students? grades and extra curricular activities.

    Professor, Roger Brown, says that previously a very small portion of population attended university, the student back ground and ability were not much different, and comparing the outcome of degree courses was quite reasonable. However, according to Professor Roger Brown, now almost 50% of the population takes higher education, and the range of ability of students, nature and result of courses vary greatly. He said ?It makes little sense to seek comparability of outcomes, and indeed it would actually be wrong to do so?. His thought was supported by Prof Rick Trainor, principal of King?s College London by his statement ?a first class degree in tourism and management from a former polytechnic could not be compared with a first in ancient history from a top institution?.

    There is an overwhelming number of drop outs have been encouraged to reach university level education and according to an estimate around 400, 000 more students are participating in higher education than in 1997.

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