33pc start LC year with no college target
One in three Leaving Cert students targeting 550 CAO points when they returned to school last September didn't know what college course they wanted to do.
Even among those with a career plan, almost half (43pc) were unsure of the subjects they wanted to study, according to a Maynooth University (MU) survey of 1,500 senior cycle students,
MU president Prof Philip Nolan says it makes the case for broader course offerings at point of entry to college.
This year MU reduced its entry routes number and Prof Nolan says it helped to drive the highest ever level of CAO first preference applications to the college.
Meanwhile, a new programme at the university offering classes in "how to think" is being hailed as a big success. The module, designed to develop critical skills, such as reasoning, analysis, presentation and teamwork, is being introduced as part of reforms of the MU curriculum. Prof Nolan said there had been "fantastic feedback" from students in courses as diverse as science, law, psychology, finance, equine studies and music, who participated in a pilot programme. Students work with peers from different fields to address problems from a number of perspectives and 90pc said that the skills they developed helped them to progress in other modules.