Archive for social mobility

Higher education: is excellence the enemy of social mobility?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“An interesting discussion has got under way in Scotland, promoted in part by The Herald newspaper. The issue is this: can excellence in higher education, of the kind that allows universities to compete with the best in the world, only be achieved at the expense of access for the disadvantaged? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 February]

Social Mobility

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

The Economist website features an interesting graph that shows the correlation of a father’s educational status on the probability that a son will obtain a university degree …” (more)

[Philip Lane, The Irish Economy, 18 February]

Hope, Social Mobility and Higher Ed

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 May 2009 by Steve

Canada“The idea of expanding the number of people that attend post-secondary education is particularly hot at the moment. The Obama administration’s recent call for the US to attain the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020 has generated the most attention, but the basic idea is being played out in other countries. Criticism of the idea comes from a number of angles: There are those that question whether the labour market needs (or can accommodate) that many graduates. Others are concerned with the targets – citing the difficulty of our college systems to meet demand. Some argue that higher education will be (further) watered-down and lose its value. Many argue that there are not enough college-ready students available, even if we could accommodate them. But many people find the idea of expanding the number of college graduates very appealing …” (more)

[Keith Hampson, Higher Education Management, 1 May]

New universities ‘drive mobility’

Posted in Life with tags , on 31 March 2009 by Steve

UK“New universities in England and Scotland are drivers of social mobility, according to research from the Million+ organisation. The research tracked the social backgrounds of students and their occupations after leaving university. It found that 8% of entrants in these universities were from professional families – but that three years after graduating 17% had professional jobs. Million+ chair, Les Ebdon, says it proves the ‘pessimists wrong’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 March]