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Second-Generation Immigrants’ Entry into Higher Education: Students’ Enrollment Choices at Different Types of Universities

Vivian Carstensen (), Roland Happ () and Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia ()
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Vivian Carstensen: Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
Roland Happ: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Eastern Economic Journal, 2020, vol. 46, issue 1, 126-160

Abstract: Abstract We examine the relationship between immigrant status and institutional choice in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The EHEA addresses employability of graduates as a key area for action. In practice, universities vary in the degree to which they embed employability into their curricula. Using these differences as a basis for university-type classification, we examine whether institutional choices differ between native and second-generation immigrant students. The results of a survey of first-semester students reveal that more than half of the institutions with a strong professional profile are challenged by heterogeneous entry cohorts. One quarter of students enroll at these universities.

Keywords: European Higher Education Area; Human capital; Institutional choices in higher education; Learning for employability; Minorities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I24 J24 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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