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Non-traditional applicants for higher education.: A study of the 25:4 scheme.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education. (Vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-9708
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The selection system for higher education in Sweden could be seen as a two-step system. Firstly the eligibility is assessed through varying measures, to secure that students have the ability to take the course or program in question. Secondly, if there are more eligible applicants than study places, a selection process is undertaken based on partly other measures.

The focus of this paper is the first step, the eligibility, and particularly the 25:4 scheme, a measure for eligibility that was introduced to widen access to higher education in the 1970s, and which is now on its way out. The scheme means that an age of 25 and 4 years work experience are the main criteria in an alternative track for basic eligibility. The aim of this exploratory study is to identify carachteristics of applicants in the 25:4 group and to compare them to groups of applicants with other types of eligibility from upper secondary school and adult education. What are the carachteristics of 25:4 applicants? I what ways do they differ from other applicants?

The analysis is based on a material consisting of data from the admission rounds in 2007 and 2008, the last admission rounds when the 25:4 scheme was still fully useful for potential applicants. The results identify differences and similarities in forms of courses/programmes applied for as well as in background factors such as age, gender and socioeconomic status. The results indicate what influence the 25:4 scheme has had on the admission of traditional and non-traditional students in Swedish higher education.

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2010. 1-17 p.
Keyword [en]
higher education, non-traditional applicants, eligibility, admission
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57338OAI: diva2:325084
Selection to Higher Education – Fairness, Efficiency, and Consequences, 13th SweSAT Conference, Umeå, Sweden, 15–17 June 2010.
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Available from: 2010-06-17 Created: 2010-06-17 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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