Sep 20 2018

Grades viewed as a fair measure of merit in accessing higher education

The access policy and practice of using grades as a measure of merit in Norway is judged as fair – or, as fair as is possible in such a system.

A new working paper by NIFU presents a case study of the Norwegian access system to higher education, drawing on data collected in a larger project commissioned by the EU Commission.

The interviews with stakeholders and users all indicate a common voice viewing the access policy and practice of using grades as a measure of merit in Norway as fair – or, as little unfair as is possible in such a system.

Further, information about the system is easily available and provided through public information resources owned by the school owners. All pupils also have access to advising services, which gives all the possibility of an equal standing in getting various forms of information about access to higher education.

Working Paper 2018:7

For more information, contact:
Elisabeth Hovdhaugen, Senior Researcher, Higher Education
elisabeth.hovdhaugen@nifu.no
(+47) 402 34 502