How will universities adapt their recruitment to the new high school curriculum and examinations from the year 2019-2020? Will they adapt the recruitment tools to high school students’ learning portfolios? National Sun Yat-sen University organized an exchange meeting, inviting directors, managers, and teachers of high schools in various cities and counties for an in-depth discussion with NSYSU professors of various departments and institutes concerning the standards of individual admission recruitment and academic portfolios.
Regarding the new system of university entrance examinations in the academic year 2022-2023, each university department needs to adapt its admission criteria for proper assessment of candidates for individual admission. During the meeting, many high school teachers posed questions about how university professors evaluate academic portfolios and whether they review portfolios one by one. Chair of the Department of Business Administration (DBA) Min-Hsin Huang said that DBA is confident about the diverse aspects covered by the learning portfolio, and thus will conduct a full written review instead of an interview in the second stage of the individual recruitment process. Specific and objective results in the candidate’s portfolio, especially language skills, will be the focus of evaluation by DBA. He also encouraged high schoolers to demonstrate their skills in the portfolio and increase their credibility with teachers’ credentials for professors to better assess candidates’ potential for professional development.
Since high school teachers face many challenges when guiding students in their self-directed learning projects, Associate Professor Shen-Horn Yen of the Department of Biological Sciences, who is a consulting teacher of the Guiding the Future Stars of Sizihwan: Self-Directed Learning Incubator Program for High School Students at NSYSU, shared his way to prepare students for independent learning projects. He pointed out that even being in a hurry to write a self-directed learning project, one shall start by building good foundations. “University professors don't expect high school students to have advanced skills, but rather, they want to see how they plan their learning, execute projects and reflect on them,” and even if the learning result is not as desired, it is an opportunity for growth. Associate Professor of the Department of Physics and Director of the Recruitment Strategic Development Office Chien-Cheng Kuo said that the academic portfolio is not an application material for entrance examination like in the past, but a demonstration of candidates' long-term commitment and overall literacy. “As regards the university, by assessing learning portfolios, we hope to evaluate candidates’ potential for professional development, their learning motivation, and abilities to self-enhance.”
Vice President for Academic Affairs Po-Chiao Lin emphasized that the University organizes many information and exchange meetings for high school teachers and students to more effectively align each department’s selection criteria with the knowledge level of high school students, hoping to implement the ideas and objectives of the new curriculum, and, at the same time, take into account the coherence between the various stages of education and the integration of various domains.
The educational affairs director of Tainan First Senior High School Hsin-Chung Ho said that under the new curriculum, students need to focus on how to organize and present the information in their learning process. Also, teachers' counseling and feedback to students are essential. These exchange meetings can effectively help high school teachers understand aspects taken into account in candidates’ admission. Director of Taipei Municipal Lishan High School Shu-Ming Ke said that the admission criteria for each department are an important reference for students and can be used by high school teachers to more accurately guide students in writing their learning portfolios.
The exchange meeting helped NSYSU establish a bridge of communication between teachers from different educational stages and a platform for in-depth discussion and exchange of opinions to reach a consensus and support students’ development. For more information on NSYSU admissions, please refer to the individual admission guide: http://sdo108.nsysu.edu.tw/home (information about the admission for the academic year 2022-2023 is expected to be announced in January 2022) or the Facebook fan page: https://www facebook.com/AdmissiontoNSYSU