To improve the effectiveness of Taiwan’s primary and secondary school curriculum reform, in 2022, the Ministry of Education will make changes to the manner of university access. One of the main reasons for concern among students and the general public is the inclusion for the first time of learning portfolios among the university entry requirements. In the past, students were only required to provide one single application. Now, the learning portfolio requires students to provide information on their student records, course performance, and assignment reports, as well as information on performance in a wide range of activities on and off campus (including competition results, participation in clubs and camps, or other relevant information that can help students to value their strengths). What exactly will be the impact of these new admissions criteria for Taiwan’s universities on the country’s overall educational development? Empirical studies on the subject have not been conducted yet, and there is a lack of relevant literature. The findings of this study can be used to construct a selection model for national universities, which can not only provide a reference for teachers and parents of high school students, and for the universities’ admission centers, but can also implement an evidence-based decision-making model for educational institutions.
Ming-Hsueh Tsai, National Academy for Educational Research, Taiwan