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Equity Policies in Global Higher Education

Reducing Inequality and Increasing Participation and Attainment

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Presents analysis of equity policies around the world.

  • Draws together global research concerning the promotion of equity in higher education participation.

  • Provides the reasons why they have failed to achieve equity and fairness.

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

Part of the book series: Issues in Higher Education (IHIGHER)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Alberto Amaral
    Pages 1-22Open Access
  3. Data and Reflections on Access-Transition to Higher Education in Portugal

    • João Baptista, Cristina Sin, Orlanda Tavares
    Pages 143-169Open Access
  4. Who Is Left Out? Inequalities in Higher Education Admissions and Placements in Portugal

    • Carla Sá, Orlanda Tavares, Cristina Sin
    Pages 171-193Open Access
  5. An Equality Paradox? The Northern European Case

    • Per Olaf Aamodt
    Pages 195-220Open Access
  6. Conclusion: Learning from the Past to Shape Future Policies Towards Equity in Higher Education

    • Orlanda Tavares, Cristina Sin, Carla Sá
    Pages 221-238Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 239-245

About this book

This book discusses and analyses global policies and practices aimed at promoting equity in higher education participation and attainment. Although the massification of higher education systems has facilitated the participation of students from deprived backgrounds, socioeconomic inequalities persist in access to the most prestigious institutions and programmes. Privileged students benefit from a number of advantages in the competition for selective and scarce places: access to information, lower aversion to debt, higher expectations, better previous schooling and higher academic achievement. The chapters present a critical analysis of equity policies in different countries – with or without affirmative action policies, within a context of neoliberal policies or within a social democratic model – and the reasons why they have failed to promote equity and fairness, preventing students from achieving their full educational potential.

Orlanda Tavares is a researcher at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education(A3ES) and at the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Carla Sá is Assistant Professor at the University of Minho, Portugal and researcher at the Centre for Research in Economics and Management and the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Cristina Sin is a researcher at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) and at the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Alberto Amaral is Professor Emeritus at the University of Porto, Portugal and a researcher at the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Keywords

  • equity in higher education
  • access to higher education
  • participation in higher education
  • attainment and retention
  • higher education policy
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), Lisbon, Portugal

    Orlanda Tavares, Cristina Sin

  • Universidade do Minho, NIPE, Braga, Portugal

    Carla Sá

  • Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Matosinhos, Portugal

    Alberto Amaral

About the editors

Orlanda Tavares is a researcher at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) and at the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Carla Sá is Assistant Professor at the University of Minho, Portugal and researcher at the Centre for Research in Economics and Management and the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Cristina Sin is a researcher at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) and at the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.

Alberto Amaral is Professor Emeritus at the University of Porto, Portugal and a researcher at the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.



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