The agony of university choice: broaden horizons, expand participation?

Weisser, R.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1717-5697, 2022. The agony of university choice: broaden horizons, expand participation? Oxford Review of Education. ISSN 0305-4985

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This study investigates how personality and individual experiences influence decision-making processes during the transition into Higher Education (HE). It offers insights into application choices, where applicants employ different quantitative hedging strategies against non-admission. These strategies are assessed by the number of applications but also the search radius, leading to an alternative’s inclusion into the application set. An empirical analysis of the usually unobserved application stage shows how these hedging strategies depend on applicants’ perceptions of psychic costs and their socio-demographic backgrounds. This heterogeneity may explain varying participation rates for different subpopulations in a country with a large HE sector, such as Germany. An essential finding points to the relevance of earlier mobility experiences during adolescence, which may act as facilitators of subsequent student mobility. Providing adolescents with a stimulating mobility experience before they consider transitioning to university could thus be an avenue to increase participation chances of potentially disadvantaged groups.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Oxford Review of Education
Creators: Weisser, R.A.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 6 April 2022
ISSN: 0305-4985
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any med�ium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 21 Mar 2022 14:20
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 15:58

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