Chapter 7

Same Sky, Different Horizon

An Analysis of Disadvantaged Groups’ Access to Prestigious Universities in Mainland China

Han Qian and Zhu Zhiyong,    Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China

Through a review of existing literature and an analysis of relevant state policies, this chapter illustrates the stipulated views of the state on disadvantaged group’s access to prestigious universities in mainland China. The research findings show that educational expansion has not reduced inequalities in terms of access to elite higher education. Micro-level student attributes, such as family socio-economic status, place of origin and ethnicity, are associated with students’ higher education opportunities. Macro-level government-driven ...

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