‘Second chance’ routes into higher education: Sweden, Norway and Germany compared

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Author: Orr, Dominic; Hovdhaugen, Elisabeth


Widening access to higher education is clearly part of the European policy agenda. Higher education ministers in the Bologna countries, as well as the European Commission, have all expressed a wish to make higher education more representative of national populations. This policy objective has been echoed at national level. One approach to widening participation is to provide ‘second chance’ routes into higher education. This is achieved by removing academic success at the secondary school as the determining factor for access to higher education. This paper compares the approaches to...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Equity; Policy; Research; Students; Providers of education and training; Pathways

Keywords: Nontraditional students; Access to education and training; Policy analysis; Comparative analysis; Case study; Institutional role; European Union

Geographic subjects: Germany; Norway; Sweden; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2014

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Journal volume: 33

Journal number: 1

Journal date: January-February 2014

Pages: pp. 45-61

ISSN: 0260-1370, 1464-519X (online)

Special issue: 'Lifelong learning and higher education in Europe 1995-2011: widening and/or narrowing access?', guest edited by Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon and John Holford.

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 115.838

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