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ERIC Number: ED192646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Equality of Access to Ontario Universities.
Selleck, Laura
Results of studies concerning socioeconomic inequality characteristic of student populations in most university systems and equality of opportunity at the point of university entrance are considered in relation to the accessibility of Ontario universities to students from low-income families. Important considerations in the design of such studies are also addressed. It is claimed that studies of educational expectations and student characteristics in Ontario and elsewhere show that young people who attend postsecondary institutions, particularly universities, are disproportionately drawn from the urban, middle to upper class, educationally sophisticated, and relatively prosperous sectors of society. Whether the background factors affecting academic success, motivation, and career expectations are primarily sociocultural or economic is a matter of debate. Gender and background variables represented by socioeconomic status and regional strata categories are correlated with levels of postsecondary educational achievement. Gender and urban-rural origins are also related to the level of postsecondary education. It is suggested that there is a shortage of reliable data on the number of people who are prevented from attending a university simply because they cannot afford it. There is uncertainty about the effect of different forms of financial aid and the effect of tuition costs on attendence. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Ontario