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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Access to Higher Education

Understanding Global Inequalities

ISBN 9781137411891
Publication Date December 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Teaching and Learning

This book is the first systematic attempt to examine one of the biggest challenges facing universities and society in the 21st century: how do we create opportunities to allow people from all social backgrounds to benefit from higher education? It examines how policymakers, higher education institutions and civil society organisations are meeting this challenge across the globe. Each chapter focuses on one of 12 countries, including the economically powerful US and Germany, developing nations from Africa and South America and the new higher education 'superpowers' of China and India.

Access to Higher Education shows that across these different nations inequalities in higher education participation are common, but their nature differs. It argues for a new, 'nationhood' based approach to understanding why these differences exist.

Graeme Atherton is Head of AccessHE and Director of National Education Opportunities Network, UK. He has been active as a researcher, practitioner and manager in the field of widening access to higher education since 1995. He is also Visiting Professor in Higher Education and Social Mobility Practice at London Metropolitan University and has spoken in over ten countries on widening access including Australia, the USA and Canada.

1. Canada: Access at the Crossroads; Diana Wickham
2. Marching in the rain: The TRIO Programme and the Civil Rights Legacy in the US; Ngondi Kamatuka
3. Access and Retention in Higher Education in Colombia: The Case of the Children's University EAFIT; Isabel Cristina Montes Gutierrez and Ana Cristina Abad
4. Changing a Mindset: How Germany is Trying to Combine Access and Equity; Julia Mergner, Shweta Mishra and Dominic Orr
5. Extending Equity in Higher Education in an Equitable Society: The Finnish Dilemma; Ari Tarkiainen
6. United Kingdom: The Access to Higher Education Nation; Graeme Atherton
7. Realities and Aspirations: How Access to Higher Education is Contributing to Nation-Building in Malaysia; Glenda Crosling, Mien Wee Cheng and Ruma Lopes
8. Expanding Higher Education in India: the Challenge for Equity; Manasi Thapliyal Navani
9. National Access to Policies for Higher Education in China: Creating Equal Opportunities in Education; Baocun Liu and Yang Su
10. Access to Higher Education in South Africa: Addressing the Myths; Ncedikaya Magopeni and Lullu Tshiwula
11. Making Commitment Concrete: Policy and Practice in Access to Higher Education in Ghana; Joseph Budu
12. Evolution or Revolution: The 3 Ages of Access in Australia; Margaret Heagney and Fran Farrier
Conclusions: The Age of Access.


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