Family Background and University Success: Differences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in…

Hardcover | December 17, 2016

byClaire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright

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Why do fewer teenagers in England from disadvantaged backgrounds go to university than young people from better-off families? Once at university, how well do poorer students fare compared with other students - who drops out from university and who gets the best degrees? After university - whosecures better jobs and higher pay? What really has been the impact on university entry of the controversial increases in tuition fees in 2006 and 2012, especially for students from poorer families? Is there no alternative to charging for university places and what do other countries do? What shouldgovernments, universities, and schools do to reduce the gaps in university entry and success by family background? And what advice can be given to families and young people themselves deciding between the costs and benefits of university? This book answers these questions using the latest availableevidence, drawing on a wealth of data from administrative records of the school and university system and sample surveys of young people and their families. The authors' analysis of the situation in England is set against a background of evidence for other countries. The book provides much neededdispassionate analysis of issues that are at the forefront of both public policy and popular debate on higher education around the world today.

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Why do fewer teenagers in England from disadvantaged backgrounds go to university than young people from better-off families? Once at university, how well do poorer students fare compared with other students - who drops out from university and who gets the best degrees? After university - whosecures better jobs and higher pay? What rea...

Claire Crawford joined the University of Warwick in 2014 as Assistant Professor of Economics. She was previously Programme Director of the Skills sector at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, where she remains a Research Fellow. She is managing editor of Fiscal Studies. She holds a PhD from UCL Institute of Education. Her researc...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.1 inPublished:December 17, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Family background and university success - what are the issues?2. Why and ow do governments fund higher education?3. How is university teaching funded in England?4. Have recent funding reforms widened the family background gaps?5. What is the role of prior attainment?6. When and how to intervene to increase university attendance?7. Is getting pupils from poorer backgrounds through the doors enough?8. Do socio-economic differences persist beyond university?9. What do we conclude?