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Education Indicators in Focus

Education Indicators in Focus is a recurring series of briefs that highlight specific indicators in OECD’s Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners. They provide a detailed look into current issues in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, higher education, and adult outcomes from a global perspective, and contain an engaging mix of text, tables and charts that describe the international context of the most pressing questions in education policy and practice.

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How do admission systems affect enrolment in public tertiary education?

Both the admission process and criteria for admission affect tertiary enrolment. Centralised admission systems can make the admission process more efficient, but can limit the number of applications and offers made to applicants; minimum performance requirements or tuition fees are barriers to tertiary studies, even if adjustments are made for specific groups or for equity reasons. This snapshot of tertiary education admission systems enables a better analysis of the implications of these different policies across different settings and so helping provide a clearer understanding of what matters for outcomes.

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