Universities to guarantee admission equality
Updated: 2014-07-16 07:22
By LUO WANGSHU and ZHANG YUE (China Daily)
|Admission staff members sort out admission letters at Renmin University of China on Tuesday. The university has introduced a series of measures to boost public supervision of the enrollment process. Wang Zhuangfei / China Daily|
Top Chinese universities are taking new steps to improve transparency and equality during the admission period.
Renmin University of China has launched a series of new initiatives to welcome supervision from outside the university, such as opening a publicity platform on the university's recruitment website and renewing and tightening undergraduate student recruitment policies.
The school has particularly increased transparency in this year's independent recruitment, during which students enroll on the basis of a comprehensive assessment that includes sports achievement and artistic talent as well as performance on standard college entrance exams, said university spokesman Wang Hongwei. It is doing this by publicizing these students' exam scores and the preferential policies to which they are entitled, Wang said.
He also said that new students enrolled under the independent recruitment system will face re-examination within three months of the new semester's start in September.
Li Xiangqian, director of the university's admission office, said that 10 to 15 percent of freshmen will be re-examined randomly in the new semester, in an effort to guarantee recruitment transparency and fairness.
Other than offering preferential treatment to promising athletes and artists, key universities also have tilted their policies toward students from low-income rural families, a move encouraged by the central government to help address education inequality.
Renmin University of China has started a program called "Fulfill Your Dream", offering 90 places to students from rural areas in 2014. Fifty such places were offered last year.
Tsinghua University, another prestigious Chinese university, also launched similar initiatives to boost transparency during the recruitment session.
In the independent recruitment process, Tsinghua designed a special plan to select more students from rural and low-income families.
By doing so, the university tried to reduce the education gap between cities and rural areas, encourage social mobility and balance the use of the nation's education resources.
"Tsinghua sent an admission team including professors and discipline inspectors to rural areas, talking to teachers, students, family members and neighbors to select prospective students in a comprehensive way," said Yu Han, director of the admission office at Tsinghua.
To tackle corruption in the college admission process, the Ministry of Education in 2005 launched "Recruitment Under Sunshine", a plan to increase transparency in recruitment.
However, nearly a decade after the plan's release, questions still remain about universities' equality in recruitment.
"We opened our recruitment session for two days, inviting media, parents and prospective students to observe our admission process, aiming to unveil the mystery of university admission," said Wang Peng, director of the Admission and Career Guidance Office of Renmin University, adding that the university, beginning this year, also has used discipline inspectors to monitor the admission process.
Contact the writers at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- SPINEXPO puts Chinese textiles front and center
- Xi meets with India's new PM
- Chinese call for Fox host to resign
- BRICS nations don't like West dominance: Experts
- Shanghai most likely HQ for BRICS bank
- AMC to produce Chinese tale Journey to the West
- Brazil makes ready to play host to BRICS 'family'
- Forum attracts APEC leaders
China helps fight international war on drugs
Crackdown on terrorist attacks
My China Story: Meeting the master
Tongues tied around tatu-bola
A market that's not such a hot property
Tough regime cranks out test winners
Today's Top News
Henry Kissinger undergoes heart surgery
BRICS bank to be headquartered in Shanghai
Xi attends sixth BRICS summit
Xi, in Brazil, talks with Obama over the phone
China gains WTO support in its challenge to US tariffs
Emerging nations looking for more diversified global leadership: experts
Energy, commodities pivotal for China, Latin America
Xi arrives in Brazil for BRICS summit
Geared to go
The place to be