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Students at the Margins and the Institutions That Serve Them: A Global Perspective

Bloe, Diasmer
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ETS Policy Notes (A Special Policy Notes from the Salzburg Global Serminar, Oct 11 - 15, 2014, Session 537), Spring 2015
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Higher Education Social Mobility


Higher education is the primary pathway to social mobility. As such, institutions that deliver higher education are tasked to provide open and equal opportunities for students to learn, succeed, and positively contribute to local, national, and global societies. Great strides are being made with increased and diversified educational access, retention, completion, and post-graduate success. Within the OECD, tertiary education completion rate averages at 70%. However, students that are characteristically different from the traditional student population continue to underperform in many contexts. With increasing need to tap into national human capital for economic viability, the continued under-participation of significant portions of the population cannot be overlooked.

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