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Poverty and Student Access to Higher Education

In the 21st century, higher education is seen as a powerful force for building a stronger society, ending extreme poverty, and boosting shared prosperity across the globe. The role and importance of higher education mean that widening access to those from poor and disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds is a pressing public concern. Even though there has been rapid growth in higher education around the world, the significant challenge of promoting equitable access remains, particularly for those who experience poverty and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Access to higher education is both a public concern and a very personal issue for those who face disadvantage. This entry first considers access to higher education in a context of global expansion, outlining disparities in access for those from poor backgrounds. It outlines the ...

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