ATAR cut-offs are not useful measurements of student potential in the demand-driven system, the vice-chancellor of Charles Sturt University has argued.

ATAR has been the subject of media scrutiny since it was revealed some universities were admitting students 40 points below course cut-offs. Professor Ian Jacobs, University of New South Wales vice-chancellor, has since proposed scrapping the ATAR entirely and finding another measure of student success.

CSU professor Andrew Vann, who is also chair of the NSW vice-chancellors committee, said while he wouldn’t scrap ATARs entirely, the uncapping of university places has limited its effectiveness.

“ATAR originally was at its strongest when we had a capped system and the job that universities had to do was to allocate too many students to not enough places,” Vann told Campus Review. “As we’ve expanded the system, that still works for some courses, but it’s become less relevant, so universities are using much more diverse ways of admitting students now.”

Vann argued that ATAR cut-offs are now measurements of course demand and quality, rather than an indication of the academic ability needed to study. Furthermore, ATAR varies from postcode to postcode, due to scaling.

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