What Can Social Capital Contribute to Student Success in Higher Education? Perspectives from Students and Institutions

Access to Success and Social Mobility through Higher Education: A Curate's Egg?

ISBN: 978-1-78754-110-8, eISBN: 978-1-78743-836-1

Publication date: 23 August 2018

Abstract

In recent years, there have been a growing number of references to social capital, in debates about higher education (HE), by policy makers, senior institutional leaders and academics. This chapter highlights the value of social capital to both students and institutions alike, as a contributing factor to the transformational effect of HE; and as an important tool to explain the value of HE to policy makers and the public. We draw on empirical data from students articulating the value of social capital. Their voices demonstrate that social capital has a significant role to play in institutional endeavours to maximise student success.

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May, H. and Jones, M. (2018), "What Can Social Capital Contribute to Student Success in Higher Education? Perspectives from Students and Institutions", Billingham, S. (Ed.) Access to Success and Social Mobility through Higher Education: A Curate's Egg? (Great Debates in Higher Education), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 85-98. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78743-836-120181006

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