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Title: From System Expansion to System Contraction. Access to Higher Education in Poland
Authors: Kwiek, Marek
Keywords: educational expansion
educational contraction
Polish higher education
Polish universities
equitable access
higher education
higher education reforms
private sector
demographic decline
demographic projections
intergenerational social mobility
private higher education
higher education policy
social stratification
European microdata
social inequalities
access to higher education
Survey on Income and Living Conditions
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: In: Pavel Zgaga, Ulrich Teichler and John Brennan (eds.), The Globalisation Challenge for European Higher Education. Convergence and Diversity, Centres and Peripheries. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang, 2013. 233-258.
Abstract: The chapter explores access to higher education in Poland when demand-driven educational expansion is changing into educational contraction driven by demographic factors. It combines a theoretical framework with substantial original data analysis. The empirical evidence comes from educational statistics and statistical demographic projections. Educational expansion in Poland in 1995–2010 is related to four major dimensions: age, gender, sector (public/private) and status (full- and part-time). In addition, a section about access related to the intergenerational social mobility in Poland is based on microdata analysis of the EU SILC dataset (European Union Survey on Income and Living Conditions)– to explore the relative mobility of Polish society in Europe (in terms of educational attainment levels and occupational groups). The chapter contributes to academic discussions in four areas: global comparative research on private higher education (and related public/private dynamics), research on inter-sectoral and intra-sectoral differentiation of higher education, international comparative research on post-communist European higher education systems, and international comparative research on social stratification. The chapter refers to Poland and several post-communist European higher education systems which combine two features: a vast expansion following the fall of communism after 1989 and sharply falling demographics in the next two decades.
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