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ERIC Number: EJ882867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Fair Access, Achievement and Geography: Explaining the Association between Social Class and Students' Choice of University
Mangan, Jean; Hughes, Amanda; Davies, Peter; Slack, Kim
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n3 p335-350 May 2010
This quantitative study is concerned with what determines prospective university students' first choice between universities of different status. The results suggest that examination performance, going to an independent school and fear of debt independently affect students' decisions. Social factors and students' perceived level of information on universities had no independent effect "at this stage" of decision-making. There were considerable differences between two geographic areas considered in the study, with a large decrease in the probability of attending a high-status institution in the locality with no such local institution. This particularly affects high-achieving students, with an estimate suggesting an increased probability of 18% of going to a high-ranking institution where such an institution is local for such students. If these findings apply similarly to other areas, the results suggest a "postcode lottery" in higher education. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom