Equitable access to higher education in Estonia
This project aims to facilitate the formation of knowledge-based higher education policy in Estonia in order to achieve objectives set in national documents and strategies. In addition, the study is primarily directed at government policy makers, stakeholders and other interested parties to draw attention on the issues of equity and access to tertiary education.
The objectives of this study are:
The research methodology uses mostly quantitative methods while qualitative methods form a smaller part of the research. Data collected from Estonian university students in 2003/2004, 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 focuses on both financial barriers and non-financial factors which are determinants of inequality in access to tertiary education. In order to gather a wider cross-section of data key stakeholders in the system on the strengths, weaknesses and policy priorities regarding access in higher education, interviews and panel discussions with experts and participants in the field will be conducted. Several outside experts, including OECD tertiary education expert, are consulted during this project.