Equity Considerations in the Access to Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Randal J. Zimmermann
Part of the Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research book series (GCEP, volume 1)

This chapter examines some of the historical and philosophical foundations of equity in the CEE region and explores some of the options available to policy-makers. In this context, equity can be understood to represent the qualitative elements of just, fair, and even-handed treatment that should be considered when assessing policies that attempt to facilitate non-discriminatory access to opportunities for higher education. The empirical evidence is reviewed along with policy implementation issues that would offer guidance in the selection of some alternatives over other possible choices. The ethical merit and significance of other courses of actions are considered in the framework of the economic, political, and social issues present in the CEE region. Finally, the practical implications of possible policy actions are examined in terms of options that could be implemented in current circumstances by government and education institutions without requiring significant infusions of new financial resources. These options would have the effect of, at a minimum, mitigating some of the current decline in equitable access to higher education opportunities in the CEE region.


High Education High Education Institution High Education System Equitable Access High Education Policy 
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  • Randal J. Zimmermann
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  1. 1.University of MinnesotaUSA

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