Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Education Leaders (IDPEL)
School of Education
Chinese Higher Education, Chinese National College Entrance Examination, Chinese Top Tier Universities and Colleges, College Admission, Henan Province, Inequity
The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions of students from China's Henan province regarding inequities they experience in the Chinese higher education system based solely on their geography. Henan students are required to score higher than students from other provinces on the Chinese National College Entrance Examinations (NCEE) in order to apply for admission into Chinese top tier universities. Yet despite having higher scores than their peers from other provinces and meeting all admissions requirements, Henan students have little guarantee of admission. The study systematically reviews the history of the Chinese higher education system to contextualize the impact of current NCEE policies and procedures. The perceptions of six Henan students currently studying in the top tiered Chinese University were gathered using qualitative interviews and explored for commonalities and differences. The students' responses reveal a range of feelings from anger to acceptance, and even gratitude for the ways the inequities impacted their lives. This work increases our understanding of the link between geography and access to Chinese top tiered university and the effects of that link on students from Henan province.
Ji, Z. (2016). Inequity within Chinese Higher Education with the Focus on Henan Province (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/701