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Are Admissions Models for Undergraduate Study Converging Among Highly Selective Universities in England and the US?

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The author describes how there has been some system convergence in the structure of higher education in the US and England having diversified or stratified higher education systems. When wishing to undertake systemic comparisons of admissions in education systems, it is indeed possible to undertake one of four possible comparisons. The first two possible comparisons would be intra-country comparisons and not internationally comparative: First, one could compare how highly selective universities in England admit students compared with how less selective universities in England manage their admissions. Second, one could undertake the same study in the US. How do highly selective universities admit students as opposed to open access or non-selective universities? In terms of international comparisons, there is scope to compare how the most selective universities in the two countries admit their students, or to compare cross-country differences in how less selective and open access universities manage their admissions.

Keywords: cross-country differences; England; highly selective universities; stratified higher education systems; US



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