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International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy

A Reader


Edited By Virginia Stead

The promise of this admission policy reader arises from the embodiment of research from 58 authors, six continents, 20 time zones, 20+ first languages, and a broad array of research methodologies. Four sections aggregate key themes within the text:
(1) National Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy;
(2) Theoretical Approaches to Higher Education Admission Policy;
(3) Applicant Recruitment and Student Support Services in Higher Education; and
(4) Diversity and Equity in Higher Education Admission Policy Implementation.
This book's global chorus of professional experience, investigation, and insight is unprecedented in its breadth and depth, illuminating a rare swath of challenges and opportunities that Internet-sourced international higher education makes visible. Although each chapter is an independent research report, together they generate a new landscape for admission policy orientation, exploration, and activism. The sheer range of policies and organizational infrastructure will alert all readers to many complexities within the admissions process that remain invisible within single or multiple but similar cultural and political contexts.
Many of these authors have demonstrated courage along with their intellectual acumen in tackling politically sensitive, culturally taboo, and personally dangerous topics within their research. Theirs is a moving testimony to the global quest for fairness within the world of admission policy implementation and to the power of access to higher education. Together, we are determined to advance equitable admissions praxis within all institutions of higher learning and promising futures for all students.
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39 Are We Creating Roadblocks or Pathways? Admission Policy in Turkey’s Higher Education Programs


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Are We Creating Roadblocks or Pathways?

Admission Policy in Turkey’s Higher Education Programs

Feyza Doyran


Admission to universities has been a high-stakes issue in many countries and has continually been on many governments’ agenda. Many countries have been searching for alternative approaches for recruiting undergraduates in objective and rigorous ways. This has resulted in a variety of systems in different parts of the world. Turkey appears to have similar admission procedures to China and Korea, focusing solely on centralized exams. England and the United States, however, have more local and institutional procedures.

University admission policies and procedures, both at the local and the national levels, in almost all countries have also been affected by the winds of internationalization. This has made the challenge of tailoring an ideal model of higher education student admission more prominent over recent years. In the wake of its unsuccessful European Union candidacy, Turkey has been one of the countries that has implemented radical changes in the recruitment of international students. However, the question of whether the search for the ideal admission model creates roadblocks for students or opens alternative pathways is yet to be answered.

The purpose of this chapter is to review the changes to admission policies in higher education both for national and international students in Turkey. The study is groundbreaking in that there have been very few studies that have analyzed the...

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