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How to select and match students for higher education

Psychometrics and Statistics

the aim of this project is to evaluate different methods to select and match students for higher education. We particularly focus on curriculum sampling methods that are becoming increasingly used in practice. Furthermore, we evaluate how different stake holders evaluate different methods to select students. The use of cognitive and non-cognitive methods are critically evaluated.

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
University of Groningen, outside of Behavioural and Socials Sciences
  • Faculty of Law


Courses connected to this project
  • Test theory (PSBE2-06), Test constructie (psba2-06), Talent Assessment (PSMDB-2)
Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • personnel and educational selection, work samples versus signs approach, clinical versus actuarial prediction


  • Niessen, A. S. M. & Meijer, R. R., Tendeiro, J. N. (in press). Applying Organizational Justice Theory to Admission to Higher Education: Admission from a Student Perspective. International Journal of Selection and Assessment.
  • Niessen, A. S. M. & Meijer, R. R. (2015). Wanneer heeft selectie in het hoger onderwijs zin? De stand van zaken anno 2015. Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs, 33, 5-19.
  • Niessen A. S. M & Meijer, R. R. (in press). On the use of broadened selection criteria in higher education. Perspectives on Psychological Science.
  • Niessen, A. S. M. Meijer, R. R., & Tendeiro, J. N. (in press). The limited use of self-report questionnaires in a high-stakes context: The effect of self-presentation in admission procedures in higher education. Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Niessen, ASM & Meijer, R. R. (2016) Voorspellen met een examen: Work sample tests voor selectie en matching in het hoger onderwijs. Examens, tijdschrift voor de toetspraktijk, 3, 21-25.
  • Niessen, A. S. M. & Meijer R. R. (2016). Selection of medical students on the basis of non-academic skills: Is it worth the trouble? Clinical Medicine, 16, 339-342.
  • Niessen, A. S. M., Meijer, R. R., & Tendeiro, J. N. (2016). Predicting success in higher education using proximal predictors. Plos ONE, 11(4): e0153663.doi: 10.1371

University's focus areas

  • Sustainable Society

More information

  • press clippings:
  • NRC Handelsblad, opiniepagina: De leerkracht is geen meetinstrument (Niessen & Meijer), 16 april 2016
  • NRC Handelsblad, opiniepagina: Verdwijnt de loting laat ze een tentamen doen (Niessen & Meijer), 1 november 201
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