Ins and outs of standards

Differences between the Dearing committee’s prescription for higher education and the Engineering Council’s Sartor proposals seem to be boiling down to a difference of views on input standards: should university entry continue to be based primarily on A-l

Dearing and the Engineering Professors’ Council favour the latter route, while the Engineering Council continues to emphasise entry standards. On balance, the EngC is probably right to insist that in a practical subject like engineering, good exam results in maths and the physical sciences are a necessary foundation for success.