Early university offers to year 12 students reignite debate

Universities in New South Wales, Australia, will release more than 12,000 early first-round offers to Higher School Certificate (HSC) students this week after a crackdown on admissions stopped institutions handing out places before trial exams, writes Lucy Carroll for The Sydney Morning Herald.

This year, the New South Wales Vice Chancellors’ Committee agreed to delay releasing offers until September after widespread concerns the scheme lacked transparency, risked undermining the HSC and encouraged students to slack off in the last weeks of year 12. However, principals say the moratorium failed to go far enough and called for universities to be blocked from handing out spots until after final HSC exams.

The Australian National University will release almost 4,900 early offers to domestic undergraduates this week for 2024 courses, an increase of about 10% compared with last year. Western Sydney University will make more than 6,000 offers in the first round of its early entry scheme on 14 September.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site