Measuring competencies for college admission

This evening on Radio 1, the Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University Bert van der Zwaan repeatedly stated that students should not be selected for admission to university programmes with a numerus fixus by a weighted lottery (gewogen loting in Dutch), but by looking at their exam scores in secondary education, motivation, and competencies to finalize the study and become a good professional (like a good physician). He stated that Utrecht University, in its University College, looks at these data for selection purposes (‘not a cheap procedure’), and that it reduced the drop-out rate from 25% to 10% over the last 10 years by this approach (‘reducing drop-out saves a lot of money’).