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Family Background and University SuccessDifferences in Higher Education Access and Outcomes in England$
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Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden, John Micklewright, and Anna Vignoles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689132.001.0001

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Is Getting Pupils from Poorer Backgrounds through the Doors Enough?

Is Getting Pupils from Poorer Backgrounds through the Doors Enough?

(p.109) 7 Is Getting Pupils from Poorer Backgrounds through the Doors Enough?
Family Background and University Success

Claire Crawford

Lorraine Dearden

John Micklewright

Anna Vignoles

Oxford University Press

The benefits of higher education typically relate to actually having a degree. Chapter 7 looks at the relationship between family background and success at university once young people arrive there. University drop-out in England and the rest of the UK is low compared to in the USA and in some continental European countries. Nevertheless, Chapter 7 shows that there are differences in England between students from different socio-economic backgrounds in drop-out, in degree completion, and in the class of degree awarded. These differences are present even amongst students with the same prior attainment in school, attending the same universities, and studying the same subjects. The chapter also provides evidence that the likelihood of graduating varies by the type of school attended before entering university.

Keywords:   Drop-out, degree completion, degree class, higher education, England, family background, retention

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