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University application process - Decision Support Models

In Portugal there are currently about 320,000 students attending high school. Considering that, 5 months from application date, 51 % of them did not know concretely which course to apply at College, we found a significant number (about 160,000) of students who needed to be guided and informed about the educational provision at the national level. Meanwhile, 25% of the approximately 309,000 students attending Portuguese Public Higher Education (about 77,000) has changed or ever thought of changing their course during their academic career by not being satisfied with their current situation. It was then outlined, through the concept of Decision Models, a solution to this problem which is based on the construction of a tool that, through a carefully prepared questionnaire will identify for a user, what are the best alternatives for his application to College. This solution, considering Decision Models, has the information as key factors associated with it. Since the variables from various contexts (social, economic, personal, psychological, etc.), their foundation in scientific studies or in real facts content, and the presentation to the final users. The generated model contemplates the introduction of a weighting system for these variables that can be set by the user, which is the set that will carry more weight in their decision making process. Therefore the model will be able to adapt to the intrinsic characteristics of each user

Author(s):

João Pedro Silva    
University of Minho
Portugal

Filipe Portela    
Algoritmi Centre
Portugal

Manuel Filipe Santos    
Algoritmi Centre
Portugal

 

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