Special elegibility - applications and decisions on other requirements during the years 1996-2003
In its appropriation directions for the year 2003, the Swedish government mandated the National Agency for Higher Education to show the extent to which specific courses and on what grounds the agency has allowed that institutes of higher education may impose requirements other than those stated in established standard qualifications.
From 1996 and up to the end of the year 2003, the National Agency for Higher Education has received and processed more than eighty or so applications from institutes of higher education appertaining to requirements other than standard qualifications.
The most common requirements contained in the applications appertain to the professional experience required for education continuation courses and languages/mathematics for interdisciplinary /multifarious science courses. Admission and or eligibility requirements appertain almost exclusively to an admission requirement for courses in sign languages.
The National Agency for Higher Education generally grants applications where the course appertains to education continuation for those who already have established professions and where the institute of higher education´s admission proviso has required professional experience or practical admission eligibility. The agency has also granted applications where the course is of an interdisciplinary/ multifarious science nature and where relevant standard qualifications are lacking. In all cases, the decisions are based on an assessment of whether previous knowledge is entirely necessary in relation to curriculum contents and the target group students at which the particular course is aimed.
The National Agency for Higher Education has rejected a quarter of the applications, of which all except one were assessed by the agency as contravening current regulations. Almost in all cases the rejection was based on the fact that the course related to the requirement, namely, that a course should lead to a professional degree. Up to the year 2003, the National Agency for Higher Education has not been assigned authorization to grant permission for such courses. However, with effect from the year 2003, the agency may also grant permission for courses that lead to professional degrees.
During the year 2003, most of the applications that related to other requirements appertained to courses that lead to vocational higher education degrees.