Automated Matchmaking to Improve Accuracy of Applicant Selection for University Education System

9 Jul 2015  ·  Oludayo O. Olugbara, Manish Joshi, Michael M. Modiba, Virendrakumar C. Bhavsar ·

The accurate applicant selection for university education is imperative to ensure fairness and optimal use of institutional resources. Although various approaches are operational in tertiary educational institutions for selecting applicants, a novel method of automated matchmaking is explored in the current study... The method functions by matching a prospective students skills profile to a programmes requisites profile. Empirical comparisons of the results, calculated by automated matchmaking and two other selection methods, show matchmaking to be a viable alternative for accurate selection of applicants. Matchmaking offers a unique advantage that it neither requires data from other applicants nor compares applicants with each other. Instead, it emphasises norms that define admissibility to a programme. We have proposed the use of technology to minimize the gap between students aspirations, skill sets and course requirements. It is a solution to minimize the number of students who get frustrated because of mismatched course selection. read more

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