One size doesn’t fit allOne size doesn’t fit all
Now that the deadline for early admissions has passed, the college admissions season in Korea for 2010 has officially started.
We’ll now get a chance to see how the new system involving admission officers works. Under this system, admission officers will select 23,000 students for 47 universities. The admission standards for each school should be transparent. Universities must remember that there will be no reason to continue the new system if it fails to win the trust of both students and parents. To accomplish that, it is vital that universities improve the system by offering more acceptances. It is hard to expect professionalism and a sense of duty from admission officers who have to worry about their employment status. Otherwise, we’ll likely see many of these officers leave for the private education market, where they’ll take jobs as admissions consultants.
The country’s education officials also need to slow down the plan to expand the program.
The intention to select freshmen by evaluating their potential rather than their high school grades is noble and of course the right way to tackle the issue.
But each university needs to implement the system on a step-by-step basis depending on its own capabilities and resources. That would be the best way for the admission officer system to take root - and to ensure its overall viability for the long run.