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Graduate views on access to higher education: is it really a case of pulling up the ladder?

Webb, Rob; Watson, Duncan; Cook, Steve; Arico, Fabio

Authors

Rob Webb

Duncan Watson

Steve Cook

Fabio Arico



Abstract

Using as a starting point in the recent work of Mountford-Zimdars et al., the authors analyse attitudes towards expanding higher education (HE) opportunities in the UK. The authors propose that the approach of Mountford-Zimdars et al. is flawed not only in its adoption of a multivariate logistic regression but also in its interpretation of results. The authors make a number of adaptations, chief among them being the use of an ordered probit approach and the addition of a time dimension to test for changes in attitudes between 2000 and 2010. The authors find that attitudes towards HE expansion have intensified during the decade 2000–2010, but the authors uncover no evidence that this is due to graduates wanting to ‘pull up the ladder’, as suggested by Mountford-Zimdars et al. The authors argue that evidence of a widespread desire to reduce access to HE can most likely be explained by social congestion theory, internal institutional disaffection and rising tuition fees.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Studies in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0307-5079
Electronic ISSN 1470-174X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Webb, R., Watson, D., Cook, S., & Arico, F. (in press). Graduate views on access to higher education: is it really a case of pulling up the ladder?. Studies in Higher Education, 42(3), https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1052738
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1052738
Keywords higher education, expansion, widening access, attitudes, ordered probit
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2015.1052738
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 02/07/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../03075079.2015.1052738.

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