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New students choose the UOC for the compatibility with their work and the educational model

16   June   2017

Some 90% feel that they received sufficient information and support on the University admissions process.

Some 90% feel that they received sufficient information and support on the University admissions process.

What is it that makes new students choose the UOC when it comes to starting to study for a qualification? What expectations do they have? How do they rate the information that the UOC offers about its qualifications? What do they think of the enrolment process? The Admissions process rating report answers these and other questions.

Why do they want to study? The main reason that leads new students to study for a university qualification is “professional improvement”, according to 58.8% of the total surveyed; although this percentage rises to 68.4% for master's degrees compared with 53.4% for bachelor's degrees. The second reason given is “I like studying and broadening my knowledge” (28.7%).

Some 80% of new students are currently employed. Of the students on the master's degrees, 75.7% have chosen a qualification related to their work, compared with 49.8% of students on bachelor's degree programmes. 

Why did they choose the UOC? The opportunity of combining work and family with studies (39.8%) and the characteristics of the educational model (20.1%) – collaborative learning, mentoring or continuous assessment – are the most commonly stated aspects when explaining why they chose the UOC.

What are the most highly rated channels for being informed? In the general rating on the University admissions process, some 90% feel that they received sufficient information and support to face the semester adequately. 

At each stage of the admissions process, the UOC offers various information channels. New students' rating on the channels is as follows:

  •  Information about the new qualification: the most highly rated channel is the external website (80.8% of scores of “4” or “5” out of “5”), followed by the information hotline (65.3%) and the UOC centres (58%). 
  • Information about enrolment: of note is the satisfaction with all the channels (Campus home page, virtual admissions classroom, enrolment form and emails), except for mobile alerts, which receive a lower rating.
  • Enrolment process: new students highlight the treatment and support received from the UOC (77.5% of scores of “4” or “5” out of “5”), and the response time (76.9%).

University master's degree students give lower ratings in all items in the survey. The least-rated aspect are the telephone alerts during the enrolment period, and the highest rated is the treatment and support received.

The results of the survey, conducted in March 2017 by UOC Planning and Quality, are set out in the document: Admissions process rating report.

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