The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has been in the news for sometime now. Recently a report compiled by an externally appointed committee revealed that the University needs to seriously reconsider its international students’ admission process, especially their English proficiency parameter check.
UTAS international have proved to be extremely lucrative in the last couple of years. Its admissions were fast tracked due to their supposed leniency on the English Proficiency prerequisite. The students were assessed using the now obsolete, “Other Mode of Instruction” (MOI).
As per the MOI, a foreign student who has had English instruction, or been part of an institution that taught in English anywhere, checks the English proficiency parameter for admissions. Such a student then need not take formal testing to ascertain his/her English language competence. The review showed that students who have been enrolled on the basis of MOI, were more likely to fail.
“Analysis shows that students admitted on the basis of Mode of Instruction perform more poorly and have higher failure rates than those admitted on formal entry tests of English proficiency,” the report read.
The University came under more flak, as its academic governance was deemed weak. The MOI was instantly done away with, when first reports of the practice followed in UTAS and other Universities came to light.
The University has been admitting international students, smoothening its processes, since 2016. From 2013 to 2017, there was an increase of more than 100,000 international students studying at Australian universities, reaching just over 400,000 people.
The implications are now evident. The external review board suggested 19 recommendations, all of which have been accepted by the University.