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How Do Differences in Social and Cultural Background Influence Access to Higher Education and the Completion of Studies?

2015

How Do Differences in Social and Cultural Background Influence Access to Higher Education and the Completion of Studies?

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This report was published by Organisation For Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Parents’ level of education still greatly influences that of their children: individuals are 4.5 times more likely to attend higher education if one of their parents has a higher education degree than if both their parents have below upper secondary education. Inequalities in higher education reflect to a great extent what happened earlier in an educational career.

Upper secondary students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to perform well in PISA assessments, less likely to complete upper secondary education and less likely even to aspire to attend higher education. Nevertheless, higher education institutions still have an important role to play in reducing inequalities. Policies must aim to make higher education more accessible for students from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as to support these students and improve their success at this level.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (2015). How do differences in social and cultural background influence access to higher education and the completion of studies? Retrieved from http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/5jrs703c47s1.pdf?expires=1445963215&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=C4FE58174A5673D54DA538E84F277188

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