Colleges act to counter claims of easy degrees
EXAMS in the institutes of technology are getting tougher under a crackdown on so-called grade inflation, the body that awards degrees insisted last night, writes John Walshe.
This follows controversy over the huge increase in the percentage of students gaining top degrees across higher education. One-in-six honours degree graduates in the universities and institutes currently gets a first-class degree
The institutes' degrees come from the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), which said yesterday that the "magnitude" of the trend towards higher percentages of first-class and 2:1 degrees being awarded was a "cause for concern".
The council and the institutes are in the process of spelling out what students are required to learn for each course on offer.
HETAC is undertaking similar work for the private colleges which attract its awards.
Students now have to reach a minimum level of knowledge, skill and competence before they are even given a degree, never mind a first.