chapter  2
Access and Admissions
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Increased participation in higher education is seen as an indicator of an increasingly competent workforce and growing economic prosperity. Encouraging students to attend universities to gain higher qualifications, however, has led to an increased focus on admissions processes and the decisions that are made both by students and institutions around the time of entry. Students are selected by a college on a set of criteria determined by that college and because all the required information is available at the time of application, decisions are made quickly. Widening participation in higher education is a key policy for many governments since it is seen as an indicator of increasing prosperity. In the UK, widening participation has been accompanied by changing the funding mechanisms for universities and lifting constraints on the recruitment.