Journal article

How important are socioeconomic background and other factors to the university career vis-a-vis prior student performance: evidence from Australian longitudinal data

Gary N Marks

Educational Research and Evaluation | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


The literature on the relationship between socioeconomic background (SES) and university education is inconsistent. Some studies conclude SES is important to university entry and course completion, others find trivial SES effects, net of students’ prior performance, and a third group concludes that SES effects are important and policy relevant even when considering prior performance. Parallel arguments apply to demographic, school sector, and institutional differences in the university career, that is, are they unimportant when considering student performance? Using comprehensive and accurate measures of SES and student performance, and a statistical method that utilizes all non-missing data..

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