Should high non-completion rates amongst ethnic minority students be seen as an ethnicity issue?: evidence from a case study of a student cohort from a British university

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Author: Rodgers, Timothy


This paper examines the question of how the high non-completion rates found amongst ethnic minority students in UK higher education should be interpreted. US studies examining the nexus between academic performance, ethnicity and social background have concluded that ethnicity-related performance differences are not just the by-product of social class. This study examines the nature of these linkages in the UK where the composition of the ethnicity mix and the nature of the socioeconomic environment are both markedly different from the US. The paper is based on a detailed case study of a...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Equity; Research; Participation; Demographics; Performance

Keywords: Socioeconomic background; Completion; Case study; Ethnicity

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2013

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Journal title: Higher education

Journal volume: 66

Journal number: 5

Journal date: November 2013

Pages: pp. 535-550

ISSN: 0018-1560 (print), 1573-174X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 114.610

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