Access Gap ‘Not Completely Explained By Grades’

Career College Central summary:

  • At least a quarter of the “access gap” for “top” universities in three countries cannot be explained by academic achievement, a new report says.
  • The report, to be presented at a Sutton Trust summit this week, is by John Jerrim, lecturer in economics and social statistics at the Institute of Education, University of London. It finds that children with professional parents are around three times more likely than those with working class parents to be admitted to Russell Group universities in England, Group of Eight universities in Australia and “highly selective” US public universities.
  • “Although academic achievement up to age 18 can explain a great deal of the socio-economic gap in elite university access, it does not completely remove it,” says Dr Jerrim in the report, titled Family background and access to ‘high status’ universities.

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