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ERIC Number: EJ782847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
What Happens when Supply Lags behind Demand? Disadvantaged Students and the Ever Increasing Competition for University Places
Edwards, Daniel
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v30 n1 p3-13 Feb 2008
Competition for entry to university has escalated in Australia over the past decade. This rise in competition is attributable to a number of factors, a major one being that the provision of university places has not kept pace with growth in the population of university-aged persons. Using the city of Melbourne as a case study, this paper highlights the impact that rising competition for university has had on two disadvantaged groups; those from the Government school sector and those from areas of low socioeconomic status. It finds that the opportunities for university entrance among tertiary applicants in these two groups diminished substantially between 1996 and 2004. In particular, this was because of the rising academic entrance requirements at some of the more "academically accessible" university campuses, which previously provided an opportunity for many educationally disadvantaged students. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia