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Admissions decision-making NETT
National Expert Think Tanks (NETTs) are expert groups of HE practitioners and other key stakeholders convened by SPA to inform and influence topical national debates on fairness and good practice in HE admissions.
For 2014 the group examined specific issues within admissions decision-making. Members of the group investigated the topic and conducted research in preparation for a three-day residential. Based on those findings and intensive collaboration during the residential, two guides were produced to support HE providers:
Considerations on unconditional offer-making
NETT members conducted some preliminary investigation into the impact of unconditional offer-making practice and developed a set of reflective questions to help guide HE providers in considering or reviewing such practice within their institutions.
The NETT investigation into mistakes in admissions decision-making drew on the experiences of admissions professionals in the sector to develop guidance and resources to try and help HE providers reduce the chances of mistakes occurring and to respond effectively when mistakes do occur.
All the points raised in the NETT guides are designed merely to initiate further consideration; their true value will lie in the additional reflection and intelligence that can be applied from an institution-specific perspective. We would therefore be very interested in your comments and feedback.
The research, sharing of insight and any discussion between NETT members was conducted on the understanding that everything remains non-attributable outside of the direct NETT membership. SPA is very grateful for the dedicated effort of NETT members in producing these guides.