Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity

Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity : Cross-national Perspectives

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This volume provides a broad overview of recent higher education policy in a variety of countries, both developed and developing, around the world. Using interdisciplinary methods and analysis, it focuses on how diminishing governmental resources and expanding market forces influence higher education policy in different countries in terms of access, minority status (including ethnic, national and gender groups), affirmative action, quality, and performance.show more

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  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 703.06g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739146696
  • 9780739146699
  • 2,161,974

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Succinct and immensely readable, this is required reading for university leaders. Examples from a dozen lands illustrate the altruism and the avarice characterizing expansion of global education. No recent title covers the waterfront as well as this study does. Tussling with strangled budgets and unremitting admissions pressure, we need the insights offered here with wit and wisdom. Just occasionally we get a volume as good as this. -- Paul Rich, President, Policy Studies Organization This collection of twenty chapters, written by experts from various countries, offers an insightful and informative debate on higher education and equality of opportunities in the global economy. The authors employ diverse theoretical perspectives and mixed methodologies, both qualitative and qualitative, and the comparative aspects of their analysis add to the overall richness of discourses employed. What is indeed innovative is both the book's focus on current cross national dilemmas in higher education, and the comparative analysis of current developments in higher education globally. As such, this volume is a must-read and is warmly recommended to higher education analysts, policy makers, graduate students and the professoriate interested in globalisation and higher education reforms, equity, access, cultural and economic capital and social stratification of higher education. International Review of Educationshow more

About Fred A. Lazin

Fred A. Lazin is the Lynn & Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government and chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University. N. Jayaram is professor of social sciences at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Matt Evans is assistant professor of political science at Penn State, Altoona.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1.Introduction: Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity Chapter 2 2.The Earth is Flattening: The Globalization of Higher Education and its Implications for Equal Opportunity Part 3 One: America Chapter 4 3.Challenges and Opportunities of Community Colleges Chapter 5 4.Minority Access to Higher Education in the United States and the White-Minority Credentials Gap Chapter 6 5.Prestige and Quality in American Colleges and Universities Chapter 7 6.From Open Admissions to the Honors College: Equal Opportunities at the City University of New York Chapter 8 7.The Changing American College Experience: A View from the City University of New York, Hunter College Part 9 Two: Asia, The Middle East and Africa Chapter 10 8.Promoting Access of the Poor through Student Loans in Asia: Prerequisites for Success Chapter 11 9.The Quest for World-Class Status: Globalization and Higher Education in East Asia Chapter 12 10. The Korean Passage to Tertiary Education for All: Over-Privatization Chapter 13 11.Disparities in Access to Higher Education in India: Persistent Issues and the Changing Context Chapter 14 12.Educational Policy toward "Homeland Minorities" in Deeply Divided Societies: India and Israel Chapter 15 13.Improving Access to Higher Education for Students from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds in Israel Chapter 16 14.Higher Education in Africa: Challenges of Development and Gender Chapter 17 15.Development of Corporate and Private Universities in Ghana: Effects on Curriculum, Faculty, Access and Equity Part 18 Three: Europe and Oceana Chapter 19 16.Access to Higher Education in France: Between Equality of Rights and Meritocracy, a Long Walk to Equality of Opportunities? Chapter 20 17.Equal Opportunity in a Public System: Experiences of Ethnic Minority Students in Dutch Higher Education Chapter 21 18.Access to Higher Education for Students with Mental Health difficulties: An Equal Opportunities Issue Chapter 22 19.Altruism and Avarice: The Place of Foreign Students in Australian Universities Chapter 23 20.A Dual Admission Policy: Enhancing Equal Opportunities in Higher Education in New Zealand through Merit-based Admission Policyshow more