ERIC Number: EJ850410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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The Role of Ethnicity in the Attainment and Experiences of Graduates in Distance Education
Richardson, John T. E.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v58 n3 p321-338 Sep 2009
In the UK, the attainment of White graduates (as measured by the class of honours that they have been awarded) tends to be higher than that of graduates from other ethnic groups. This is apparent, in particular, in graduates who have taken courses by distance learning with the Open University. Analysis of data from Open University graduates over three successive years yielded no evidence that the latter trend could be attributed to confounded demographic variables. A postal survey found little variation in perceptions of academic quality or reports of personal development among Open University graduates from different ethnic groups. Quantitative variations in the attainment of graduates from different ethnic groups are not necessarily reflected in qualitative variations in their experience of distance education.
Descriptors: Open Universities, Distance Education, Ethnic Groups, College Graduates, White Students, Educational Attainment, Student Surveys, Student Experience, Correlation, Higher Education, Educational Environment, Graduate Surveys, Mail Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom