APR 24: Nearly every person applying to university in NSW and the ACT is being offered a spot, no matter how low their school leaving score.
An analysis comparing applications to offers shows there has been a more than 15 per cent rise in the number of offers made over the past three years, according to a new report.
This year the federal government removed caps on the number of government-funded places universities can offer in a bid to address university participation and skills shortages.
The report author says tension is mounting between those championing expansion of university participation and those standing for quality.
Daniel Edwards from the Australian Council of Education Research says the problem lies with university entrance scores or ATAR points, which on average are dropping.
"The main issue relating to ATAR points is identifying the extent to which a decline in scores is likely to compromise quality," he told The Australian.