Male access and success in higher education: a discussion paper

Male access and success in higher education: a discussion paper

Journal: The Higher Education Academy
Year: 2011
Authors: Berry J & Woodfield R
Publisher: The Higher Education Academy
Following the publication by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) of the recommendations of the Ethnicity Gender and Degree Attainment (EGDA) Project in January 2008, the HEA has been engaged in the delivery of a programme of activities to support the sector in addressing the findings. Whilst this work has focussed more specifically on the attainment of Black and minority ethnic students, as part our wider
work to develop evidence-informed approaches to improving the retention and success of all students, we hosted a seminar in July 2010 on ‘Male access and success in HE’.
This was in response to continuing sector-wide concerns not only about gendered differences in attainment but also in the participation and retention of male students. This discussion paper, authored by presenters at the seminar, has been produced to raise the profile of the agenda and to promote and inform the debate within and between institutions about gendered differentials in HE. It seeks to provide an overview of the issues based on the latest research evidence and to highlight some institutional
strategies designed to address the barriers thought to account, in part, for the underachievement of male students. In using the broader language of ‘success’ we are recognising that students benefit from participation in HE in a wider range of ways than attaining ‘a good degree’, namely in their personal development and progression into the labour market or further learning. The target audience is policy makers; funders; senior managers in HEIs; academic and non-academic support staff; those involved with admissions, WP, retention and progression to employment; equality officers; staff and educational
developers; and researchers.
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