This study mainly, via adopting the methods of document analysis, and semi-structured interviews, to explore the implementation of the system of Multi-Star Project in universities in Taiwan. Students under the Multi-Star Project in four selected universities (2 public and 2 private universities in Taipei), e.g., National Taiwan University, National Taipei University of Education, Tamkang University, Soochow University are chosen as samples for the interview.
The main purposes of this study are:
1.To explore the historical development of the University Entrance System in Taiwan.
2.To analyze the effectiveness of the university entrance system of the Multi-Star Project in recent years.
3.To explore the problems faced by students entered through the Multi-Star Project in selected four universities and strategies adopted correspondingly.
4. To propose suggestions for the improvement on the Multi-Star Entrance Policy in the future.
Conclusions of this study can be summarized as follows:
1.With the increasing encouraged implementation of the Multi-Star Project, the number of students recruited via this project has been increasing gradually in recent years, and this project has seemed to be the mainstream of the University Multiple Entrance System, but the number of students recruited from other routes, especially through the joint-entrance examination has been accordingly reduced.
2.The implementation of the Mutil-Star Project has resulted in the changes of its purpose from the one originally designed to reinforce the wider access of students from the economically disadvantaged families to students from the remote residential areas.
3. The implementation of the Mutil-Star Project has resulted in the increasing diversification of students in terms of their origins, but students graduated from community high schools are the group benefited the most, rather than the students from the poorer families, the originally targeted group under the concept of equality of educational opportunity.
4.The implementation of the Mutil-Star Project has its advantages and disadvantages, the former include saving money for students in term of the payments for application, striving high school graduate students to continue further study in universities, etc.
5.The problems of the Mutil-Star Project can be summarized as follows:
(1) Unfairness of the method of calculation of grades or scores of students in high schools.
(2) Inadequate advocacy or explanation of this project to high school students.
(3) No efficient and sufficient guidance or consultation services provided especially for those students after entering universities.
(4) The unfair or unequal allocation of the number of students of this project to different universities.