Acceptance and Non-Acceptance of Students


Campus-based education system usually implements strict entry requirements that students must meet to get accepted in a course. This is entirely different from distance learning wherein students are given the opportunity to take charge of the process, which include deciding on which course to take.

Unfortunately, not all students have the ability to properly assess his or her suitability for a particular course. This can lead to a host of problems, including non-acceptance in the course, eventual lost of interest in the course, failure to complete the course, or complaints as the course progresses.

A good distance learning provider will play an integral role in preventing such problems from happening. As such, a good provider must:

  • Provide accurate and complete information about a particular course, which can help the student to properly assess his or her suitability for that course and make an informed judgment.
  • Offer guidance that will help the student to better understand the needed requirements to gain entry to a course.
  • Make it clear to the student that the process of assessment and the decision to enroll in a course are his or her responsibilities and are not imposed by the provider.

While most distance learning providers accept students from all walks of life, there are circumstances that they may refuse to accept applicants. In such cases, there should be acceptable reasons for non-acceptance, which must be clearly stated in the course catalogue or prospectus.

Reasons for non-acceptance vary from providers to providers or courses to courses. However, some of the most common ones include:

  • The applicant has a record of criminal offense that may negatively affect the organization’s reputation.
  • The applicant lacks the necessary skills required for the desired course. In cases like this, the provider should let the applicant know about such fact and recommend other courses that suit the applicant’s skills.
  • The applicant would require more support that is beyond what the provider can offer. However, take note that it is the providers’ legal duty to make changes to their courses, especially if the changes to be made will benefit students with disabilities. Such modifications, however, are usually carried out in advance and only within the resources providers’ can give.