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Abstract The principle of equity traditionally means that equals should be treated equally and unequals should be treated unequally. Applied to higher education, that principle implies that institutions should grant access to aspiring students based on their demonstrated motivation and ability to take advantage of such education. However, neither a standard inherent-desert nor a social-value argument succeed in providing a moral justification for the equity principle for access to higher education. Therefore, it is argued that the principle of equality in access to higher education, according to which no aspiring student may be denied such access, is more morally justified than the principle of equity in access.

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Abstract The principle of equity traditionally means that equals should be treated equally and unequals should be treated unequally. Applied to higher education, that principle implies that institutions should grant access to aspiring students based on their demonstrated motivation and ability to take advantage of such education. However, neither a standard inherent-desert nor a social-value argument succeed in providing a moral justification for the equity principle for access to higher education. Therefore, it is argued that the principle of equality in access to higher education, according to which no aspiring student may be denied such access, is more morally justified than the principle of equity in access.

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