Degree outcomes of overseas students

Mark Carver made this Freedom of Information request to University of York

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Dear University of York,

I am interested in any relationship between language proficiency scores and final degree classification for overseas undergraduates who may or may not have taken a pre-sessional programme. I would like to analyse this at student level so please anonymise each individual’s data but do not provide aggregates (e.g. if there are 5 management students who entered with IELTS 7.0 and got a 2.1 degree, I want this listed with a line for each).
For each student enrolled in the 2012/3 year I would like to know:

Nationality
Gender
Programme title (JACS code)
Language requirement IELTS band for the programme
IELTS band (or TOEFL/PTE score if applicable) attained on entry
Whether the student enrolled on a pre-sessional programme or entered their undergraduate programme directly.
Pre-sessional grade (if applicable).
Final degree classification (or, if available, average percentage from modules in each year of study) or alternative outcome, e.g. withdrawn from studies, transferred university, etc.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Carver

Freedom of Information, University of York

Dear Mr Carver
Freedom of Information Request 
I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 13 February 2018 requesting
information from the University of York.
Please be advised that the University will respond as soon as possible and
in any event by 27 February 2018
Yours sincerely, 
Graham Hughes
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Web: [1]www.york.ac.uk/records-management/
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Freedom of Information, University of York

Please note the response date provided below was incorrect it should be 13
March 2018.
Graham Hughes
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Web: [1]www.york.ac.uk/records-management/
Email disclaimer: [2]http://www.york.ac.uk/docs/disclaimer/em...

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Freedom of Information, University of York

Dear  Mr Carver
Thank you for your request for information from the University of York.
Please see our response below.

I am interested in any relationship between language proficiency scores
and final degree classification for overseas undergraduates who may or may
not have taken a pre-sessional programme. I would like to analyse this at
student level so please anonymise each individual’s data but do not
provide aggregates (e.g. if there are 5 management students who entered
with IELTS 7.0 and got a 2.1 degree, I want this listed with a line for
each).
For each student enrolled in the 2012/3 year I would like to know:

Nationality
Gender
Programme title (JACS code)
Language requirement IELTS band for the programme
IELTS band (or TOEFL/PTE score if applicable) attained on entry
Whether the student enrolled on a pre-sessional programme or entered their
undergraduate programme directly.
Pre-sessional grade (if applicable).
Final degree classification (or, if available, average percentage from
modules in each year of study) or alternative outcome, e.g. withdrawn from
studies, transferred university, etc. 

The University does not hold details of applicants English language levels
in an accessible format within its student records’ system. To pull this
data would require a manual sift of every application and supporting
documents to review the data on each student ([1]around 2250 overseas and
EU students enrolled in 2012/13), we estimate that compliance with your
request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 (1) of
the Freedom of information Act 2000. The ‘appropriate limit’ is currently
£450 for universities, as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data
Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. This letter
accordingly acts as a refusal notice in respect of the information sought.

It is estimated that the time taken to determine whether the information
is held, locate the information,  retrieve the information, and extract
it, exceeds the costs limit of £450 (equivalent to 18 person hours of
work).

 

In accordance with the provisions of section 17(4) of the Freedom of
Information Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice in respect of the
information withheld under section 12(1) above.

 

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I hope this information is useful. 
Yours sincerely,
Graham Hughes
Information Governance 
Information Services
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Web: [4]www.york.ac.uk/records-management/
Email disclaimer: [5]http://www.york.ac.uk/docs/disclaimer/em...

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