Friday, September 05, 2008

Two perspectives

An interesting example of spin was pointed out by a sharp-eyed person at lunch today. Compare the Cambridge University website's presentation of the analysis of admissions statistics for the 2007/8 cycle here with the headline in the Daily Telegraph here. They are, of course, entirely compatible with one another and, given that the talk of 'numbers' of successful applicants from different types of school is being expressed as a percentage, a rise in intake from one type requires a drop in intake from another. Still, it tells us something about the variety of different perspectives that are possible on what I happen to think is a careful and sensitive, not to mention extremely labour intensive, admissions process which has as its goal the aim of admitting the best and most promising students for the particular course we offer. (While you look at the Telegraph report, by the way, please take some time to scroll down to read the comments left by various readers. You can't please all the people all the time...)

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