Open-door academic policy

An open-door academic policy, or open-door policy, is a policy if a university accepting to enroll students without asking for evidence of previous education, experience, or references. Usually, payment of the academic fees (or financial support) is all that is required to enroll.

Universities may not employ the open-door policy for all their courses, and those that have a universal open-door policy where all courses have no entry requirements are called open universities. The policy is seen to be a part of the educational revolution.[1] From the dictionary meaning of the open-door policy, which is the idea of granting access to those who want access to the country freely,[2] a similar idea can be drawn in terms of education.[3]

According to Deepa Rao, the open-door academic policy is one of the main ways in which adult learners become a part of university/college life.[4] The recognized demand for post-secondary education made many institutions commit strongly to the policy, but many concealed limitations in the policy can prevent some from securing a degree.[4]


From the beginning of universities and colleges in western countries, during the early parts of the 20th century, higher education was supplied in large amounts. During these times the acceptance of all varieties of students was very limited, yet this approach was coming under pressure due to an increase in the industrial and business industry's demand for highly trained and educated employees.[5] The Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s and the Baby Boom in the 1940s-1950s, also presented further reasoning for the implementation of the open-door academic policy.[5]

In response to these pressures, the colleges and universities lowered standards of admission and offered financial support to try and win back the students. This soon turned into the open-door policy, which became a successful and well used form of recruiting students.[6]

Pros and cons

Positively, the open-door academic policy has enabled a step into higher education such as a bachelor's degree, to those who had been restricted access to these opportunities due to social or economic factors.[5] The policy has also created a sufficient amount of well trained students to fulfill the demand for educated employees for the industrial and business industries.[5]

However, despite its benefits the open-door academic policy has faced its criticism. The graduation rates of colleges are closely tied to their admissions policies. Six years after beginning a four-year program, an average of 60% of students nationwide will have graduated. However, that rate varies from 89% at colleges that accept less than one-quarter of applicants to 36% at those with an open admissions policy.[7] Additionally, the offering of financial support has created a heated issue for higher education due to the requirement for students fees which enable the universities and colleges to stay current with changing technology, employment needs and the fluctuating student population.[5]


The following list indicates the criteria for applicants looking to apply at an open-door university or college:

  • Non-traditional students, for example those who have delayed enrollment (those who did not go straight into university education after completing secondary education)[4]
  • On average, between the ages of 22-29.[4]
  • Usually accompanied by an adult diploma or GED, in place of a normal high school diploma.[4]

This list of criteria will differ depending on the university or college that is being applied for, this is just a general conclusion from one college.[4]

Limiting factors

Limiting factors restrict the student acceptance rate due to the following situations:

  • Funding cuts, which can be supported by further funding. For example, funding through the school e.g. school fairs, raffles etc. Budget rearrangement is also a consideration in terms of allocating a smaller portion of funding for the open-door academic policy courses.
  • Lack of teaching staff, teachers resources, classroom space.
  • Over-subscription.
  • Legal terms restricting access for some students.
  • Waiting lists.
  • Prioritizing of students whom have submitted.
  • Increase in education levels of students who submit.[5]

Notable institutions with open-door policies

The open-door academic policy's requirements can differ not only between different countries, but also between sub-national jurisdictions (states, provinces, regions). The following is a list of some universities and colleges around the world that have an open-door academic policy:

See also


  1. ^ Ng, Pedro Pak-Tao (1980). "Open-Door Education in Chinese Communes: Rationale, Problems, and Recent Changes". Modern China. 6 (3): 327–356. JSTOR 189007.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "open-door policy - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "NCSALL: The Open Door Policy". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Hendrick, Ruth Zimmer; Hightower, William H.; Gregory, Dennis E. (2006). "State Funding Limitations and Community College Open Door Policy: Conflicting Priorities?". Community College Journal of Research and Practice. 30 (8): 627–640. doi:10.1080/10668920600746078.
  6. ^ Cohen & Brawer, A & F (2003). The American Community College. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  7. ^ "What are the graduation rates for students obtaining a bachelor's degree?". Fast Facts. National Center for Education Statistics. May 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
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Distance education

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Nalanda Open University

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It is the second largest open university in India after Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU).It is at present functioning from its camp office which is located at Biscomaun Bhawan, 2nd,3rd,4th and 12th Floors, Patna-800001. However, it is in the process of setting up its own campus after UGC made it mandatory for all universities in India to have their own campuses. New campus of Nalanda Open University is being constructed at Rajgir, Nalanda, Bihar adjacent to the ancient ruins of Nalanda. The campus is around 40 acres in area with building having 1.10-lakh square feet built up space and it is as per the requirement of UGC. It is expected to be completely built by August 2020.A tender has been floated by the university for University Automation System(UAS) software which would enable the university to provide most of its services such as registration of students, issue of admit cards, results, verification of degree, students records, study material, etc online. Software is expected to be in force within a year.

Open College of the Arts

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Open collaboration

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Open supported learning

Open supported learning is the teaching method employed and pioneered by The Open University (OU), and is not the same as distance education or correspondence courses.

The term open refers to the open-door academic policy of OU, and the term supported refers to the fact that the students receive constant academic attention by academic staff and tutors.

Open university

An open university is a university with an open-door academic policy, with minimal or no entry requirements. Open universities may employ specific teaching methods, such as open supported learning or distance education. However, not all open universities focus on distance education, nor do distance-education universities necessarily have open admission policies.

Open university (disambiguation)

An open university is a university with an open-door academic policy.

Open university may also refer to:

Open University, a public distance-learning and research university based in the United Kingdom

Open University of Diversity, headquarters of Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen

Open University Press, an academic publisher now owned by McGraw-Hill Education

Sex Worker Open University, a project created by and for sex workers in the United Kingdom

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With relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement

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SIM University

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