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Contextualised Admission: Does Province-Based Quota Policy Improve Geographical HE Equity in China?

Tan, Yiyi (2021) 'Contextualised Admission: Does Province-Based Quota Policy Improve Geographical HE Equity in China?', in Imagining Better Education: Conference Proceedings 2020. , pp. 151-180. Imagining Better Education.


HE geographical equity is a significant societal problem in China. As the primary admission policy, Province-based Quota Policy has been implemented to ameliorate geographical disparity in HE admission. However, the contribution of this improvement is controversial. In order to evaluate this melioration, this study conducted a secondary data analysis of the latest admissions of all regular Higher Education Institutions (hereafter, HEIs) and HEIs in the World Double-First project in China through three indexes. The study found that provincial disparities in HE admission exist. Both regular HEIs and prestigious HEIs show more preferences to students from well-developed provinces, while less places in HE are prepared for those from inland, remote and under-developed provinces. The implications of this study for future policy making and implementation should be more balanced quota distributions and more educational investment in disadvantaged areas.

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Date deposited:04 August 2021
Date of first online publication:2021
Date first made open access:04 August 2021

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