College Preferential Admissions Policies and Assistance Provided for Disadvantaged Students
“Educational equity” is always the focus of higher education policy development in Taiwan. In order to realize equal educational opportunities and to promote the facilitative role of education in social mobility, the government has developed various college preferential admissions policies, expecting to help more disadvantaged students enter colleges. However, related research literature shows that there remains room for improvement. Through document analysis and interview, this study focused on legal analysis of college preferential admissions policies for disadvantaged students. It also examined the specific assistance provided for economically disadvantaged students in high school. By integrating related research results, this study found that current policies for aboriginal students and students tackling geographically disadvantage are quite complete. In contrast, economically disadvantaged students did not receive enough attention in relation to college preferential admissions policies. Additionally, most information they received focused on the academic track; thus, there were not sufficient information on employment counseling. Before economically disadvantaged students entered college, their homeroom teachers in high school played an important role helping them to find their ways. To sum up, this study made suggestions for educational authority in relation to specific assistance that could be provided for economically disadvantaged students before college admission. Future policy making should head for providing different kinds of assistance. Related websites could be established to help homeroom teachers in high school so that they would understand better how to assist their students.
|關鍵詞||大學入學優惠政策、高等教育、教育公平、經濟弱勢學生、university preferential admissions policies、higher education、educational equity、economically disadvantaged students|