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Access courses and students from minority ethnic backgrounds

Connelly, Graham and Chakrabarti, Mono (1999) Access courses and students from minority ethnic backgrounds. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 23 (2). pp. 231-244. ISSN 0309-877X

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Abstract

This article describes a study of the uptake of places on 'access' to higher education courses in Scottish further education (FE) colleges by students from minority ethnic backgrounds. Colleges surveyed recruited access students from minority ethnic backgrounds in close approximation to the proportions attracted to FE in general, despite the commitment to prioritise underrepresented groups, including students from minority ethnic communities. the study found a general acceptance of the principle of positive action by colleges, but little evidence of strategies likely to prove effective. it is suggested that the government's agenda for widening participation in education can only be accomplished when the FE sector recognises ethnicity as an important issue.