The participation rate in higher education is (still) increasing, which seems to fit with the growing demands from the knowledge economy. But, are there limits to the growth, in that skills and knowledge of highly-educated graduates may be underused or that highly-educated graduates out-crowd those with low(er) qualifications? Moreover, research has shown that participation is unequal (in terms of both horizontal and vertical segregation) across gender, social class, and ethnic background. What is the state of the art re (in)equalities in access and participation? What kind of access and excess policies are in place and what are the effects?
Lecturer: Dr. Dominic Orr (German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), Hannover, Germany)