Widening Participation in Higher Education in England
House of Commons papers 2001-02 485
- National Audit Office
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Department for Education and Skills has made a commitment to expand opportunities for more people to enter higher education while continuing to improve standards, and it has allocated over £200 million during 2001-02 to institutions and students to achieve this goal.
The report finds that participation levels among women and ethnic minorities are high, but that there are still significant obstacles to participation amongst people with disabilities and those from poorer social classes. These obstacles include: early disengagement from education; less educational opportunities to gain necessary qualifications; uncertainty in identifying clear benefits from higher education; and financial concerns.
The report concludes that whilst higher education providers are taking positive action to raise aspirations in groups with low representation, less is being done to ensure that their applications have a fair chance of succeeding. It makes a number of recommendations designed to target funding more effectively, and to develop good practice in selection and admission procedures to ensure these applicants receive fairer treatment.
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