Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Points to Consider in Widening Participation

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Points to Consider in Widening Participation

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The article "Poorer students present 'financial risk' " (9 January) provides a thought-provoking insight into the link between retention and low socio-economic status. It focuses on higher education institutions' relative success in keeping their undergraduates and on the financial cost faced by those institutions that have poor retention levels. A couple of rather important concerns are ignored.

The first concern is the high average level of dropout, at above 7 per cent. This should not be dismissed as being related to a student's financial situation. Students come to university from schools that offer a high level of pastoral support and contact time with teachers. Should universities be doing more during the first year of a degree to soften the transition between secondary and tertiary education?

The second concern is the impact that giving up has on the individuals themselves. A great deal of effort and funds are put into widening participation programmes to encourage those from less advantaged backgrounds to take a degree. The decisions these young people are asked to make - economic, social, emotional, academic - are huge. …

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