A Study on the Learning Outcomes of Students Admitted through the Twinkling Star Program: An Example from College Freshmen in a Top University
To realize the goal of "supporting the disadvantaged and reducing the disparity among different regions," a new college admissions program, called the "Twinkling Star Program" (TSP) has been implemented in Taiwan since 2007. TSP mandates top universities recognized for excellence in research and teaching to admit students from underprivileged schools in disadvantaged regions, where few students have been admitted to these top universities. We target a group of TSP students admitted to one top university in 2008 to examine their adaptation and performances. Data were collected from a freshmen survey and follow-up interviews of a group of TSP students. Results showed that compared with their non-TSP counterparts, TSP students were more likely to come from community high schools in rural areas. In high school, they performed outstandingly as "big fish in a little pond." In college, they were more interested in their studies, had fewer learning difficulties and better academic performances than their non-TSP peers. In sum, in college they became "big fish in a big pond." The reasons for this positive development lay in their appreciation of the opportunity to enter the best university, their focus on academic study, an attitude of enjoying learning, and commitment to a clear career goal. Implications of the research findings for educational policy and student guidance are further discussed.
|關鍵詞||入學機會均等、大一學生、頂尖大學、學習成效、繁星計畫、academic performance、elite university、equal access to college、freshmen、Twinkling Star Program|