One in every five ethnic minority students regrets university degree: Study

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One in every five ethnic minority graduates of English universities wish they hadn’t enrolled in the higher degree at all, a study revealed. The results for ethnic minorities were significantly higher than both the overall average, as well as the figure for white students.

The study was facilitated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The findings were based on responses to the Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey submitted by 36,090 English-domiciled graduate students who completed their course in 2010-11.

The reason for dissatisfaction among the ethnic minority students is clearly reflected in the study findings. As per the study, 36.1% of graduates from a black African background would have chosen something completely different, compared with 34.8 % of university leavers from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds. The results for other ethnic groups were also above average: Indian (29.7%), black Caribbean (29.4%) and Chinese (26.7%).

Moreover, with 9.7% higher than white students to say they would have chosen a different subject, and 17.6% more likely to wish they had opted for a different qualification- Black African students were the most dissatisfied.

Elaborating on this worrisome trend, spokeswoman from the HEFCE told The Times Higher Education, “An implication of the findings is that prospective BME students may need more and better information, advice and guidance to be able to make better decisions about what and where they choose to study.” She also touched upon other logistical concerns. “It could also point to issues around inclusive curricula, learning and teaching practices, a sense of belonging, and differences in social, cultural and economic capital, which have been shown to be important in terms of differential outcomes of higher education study,” she added. 

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