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High Inequality, Higher Education: Merit, Access, and Equal Opportunity in Brazil

The Conference Board of Canada, 22 pages, June 30, 2016
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Brazil has tried to address its income inequality, in part, through the education system. However, some of its efforts have had mixed results, providing a valuable case study of higher education as an instrument of social equity.

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Brazil has tried to address its great income inequality, in part, through the education system. By improving the accessibility of higher education and emphasizing equality of opportunity, Brazil seeks to heighten fairness and meritocracy in its society. However, many Brazilian initiatives to improve access to higher education have given rise to unexpected results, some of which may even prove counterproductive.

The lessons of Brazil can help Canada’s higher education sector ensure that it is a force for equity and opportunity.

This spotlight study was prepared with financial support from the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, The Conference Board of Canada.



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