The increasing incidence of special consideration cases at university

John Croucher*

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    This paper examines the growth of special consideration requests for examinations at Macquarie University in Sydney between 1979 and 1993. There has been a disturbing increasing trend in recent years, particularly in the quantitative areas, and a profile of the type of student submitting such requests is undertaken. If requests are considered as a proportion of students enrolled, then the figures for 1993 suggest that there is a particular serious problem with students studying on overseas visas who tend to have a request rate up to triple that of local students while permanent residents also have a request rate up to 60% higher. Special consideration requests for examinations tend to be submitted by younger students who are studying full-time and the rate for females is consistently higher than that for males.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-20
    Number of pages8
    JournalHigher Education Research & Development
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


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