Charting equity: drawing the global higher education access map

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 803, UCL Institute of Education
Speaker(s):
  • Graeme Atherton, National Education Opportunities Network
  • Geoff Whitty, University of Newcastle, Australia, and UCL Institute of Education

Overview

Participation in higher education is expanding steadily ? there will be half a billion HE students by 2030. But who are these students? And who is missing out?

A new report produced by Pearson Plc and the University of Newcastle, Charting equity in higher education: drawing the global access map, looks at the evidence on who accesses HE across the globe and shows that inequalities in participation are pervasive, spanning countries regardless of size or wealth.

The report gathers data covering 90 per cent of the countries in the world and includes in-depth case studies of the US, UK, Australia, India, South Africa and Colombia. It argues that we can show conclusively that inequality in access to HE is a genuinely global challenge. But at the same time there are political, cultural and financial barriers to overcome in order to really understand how HE participation by social background differs across the world.

The report recommends the adoption of a Global Equity Data Charter ? a series of actions to help universities and governments understand and address inequalities in who benefits from HE. At this seminar Dr Graeme Atherton and Professor Geoff Whitty, the lead authors of the report, will outline its main findings and the opportunities for collaboration across institutions and countries that the data charter offers.

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