“Is the stigma of a poor university a week ahead of the regular season?”… Inha University, Sungshin Women’s University, 52 universities were finally eliminated from the diagnostic evaluation

52 universities, including Inha University and Sungshin Women’s University, were ultimately eliminated from the Ministry of Education’s general financial support. These universities raised an objection to the Ministry of Education and requested a reevaluation, but none of them were accepted. A week before the application submission for the 2022 academic year, which will begin on the 10th, the universities in question have an emergency in attracting new students.

On the 3rd, the Ministry of Education and the Korea Educational Development Institute confirmed the final result of the ‘2021 University Basic Competency Diagnosis’ to be the same as the provisional result. 233 colleges, including 136 general colleges and 97 junior colleges, which account for 73% of all universities, passed the diagnosis. Universities that have passed will promote voluntary innovation such as reduction of quota for three years from next year.

After the announcement of the results last month, 47 out of 52 universities that were rejected, including 25 general universities and 22 junior colleges, filed a total of 218 objections, but the Ministry of Education rejected all of them. The Ministry of Education said, “This diagnosis was made in a fair and just manner in accordance with the criteria and procedures confirmed in December 2019.”

The Ministry of Education explained that the outcome was not influenced by specific indicators. The rejected universities claimed that they received an unfair score as ‘Curriculum operation and improvement’ (20 points), which received the highest score among all 13 indicators (100 points in total), was reflected in the qualitative evaluation method. 43 of the 47 objections raised this issue. However, Shin Ik-hyeon, director of higher education policy at the Ministry of Education, said, “Unselected universities also tended to have lower quantitative indicators compared to the average of all universities.”

Universities that were ultimately eliminated predicted a tough response. Inha University President Cho Myung-woo said, “We object to this evaluation, which does not properly capture the excellent educational level of Inha University, which has been verified in the selection and evaluation of various projects by the Ministry of Education.” The presidents of 52 universities said, “We cannot recognize the legitimacy of the evaluation,” and said, “We will mobilize all methods, including administrative lawsuits and constitutional complaints, to respond jointly.” Unselected universities are expected to be given the opportunity to try again. Choi Eun-ok, director of higher education policy at the Ministry of Education, said, “Evaluation is over, but we will form a consultative body with the university council and experts recommended by the National Assembly. We will discuss it,” he said. Universities that have been rejected are concerned that they will be branded as ‘poor colleges’ ahead of the regular application submissions starting on the 10th.

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