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ERIC Number: ED555094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 252
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3033-1333-2
Equity and Access to Higher Education in the Context of Educational Expansion and Differentiation in China
Jia, Qiong
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Internationally, higher education has expanded greatly since the closing decades of the twentieth century. China was no exception. This study is intended to examine the status quo of issues relating to equity and access to higher education in the context of educational expansion and differentiation in China. Two research questions are addressed in this study: (1) How do family SES, high school type, home location, gender, and ethnicity influence students' opportunities to be admitted into higher education institutions in general and elite institutions in particular in China? (2) What are the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, parents, and government officials on issues regarding equity and access to higher education? This study adopts a mixed-methods design. Using the data collected from 1028 high school seniors and institutional data in Hunan Province, the quantitative inquiry employs logistic regression models to identify factors influencing students' admission to colleges, especially elite ones. In the qualitative inquiry, the analysis is primarily based on the data collected from in-depth interviews with 54 students, teachers, principals, parents, and government officials in the same province. Drawing upon the quantitative and qualitative data, the study uncovers the status quo regarding equity and access to college in China. The research findings show that educational expansion has not reduced inequalities in terms of access to higher education. Micro-level individual-related educationally irrelevant attributes such as family SES, home location, gender, and ethnicity are associated with students' higher education opportunities. Macro-level government-driven educational policies, such as the examination mechanism, college admissions, and key school system significantly impede students' higher education opportunities, especially opportunities to be admitted to elite institutions. This study suggests that governmental policies need to be reformed to better address issues related to equity and access to higher education. Recommendations include reforms of the selection mechanism, college admissions, the higher education system and the K-12 education system. Finally, it outlined three directions for future research. The first is to examine students' high school opportunities. The second is to explore students' graduate school opportunities. The third involves investigating the transfer system as a vehicle to promote educational access and equity. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China