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BRAC University Journal, vol. V1, no. 2, 2009, pp. 33-48 HIGHER EDUCATION IN PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES OF BANGLADESH: A STUDY ON FEMALE STUDENTS’ ENROLLMENT BEHAVIOR Rezwanul Huque Khan, Ali Haider Al Mamun Mridha and Suborna Barua School of Business United International University Dhanmondi 8/A, Dhaka email: [email protected] ABSTRACT This paper investigates the enrollment behavior of the female students of private universities in Bangladesh. By collecting data from a sample of 900 female students of twelve private universities classified into two strata, researchers conducted reliability test, descriptive analysis, chi-square and ANOVA tests and identified a number of key findings as to the enrollment behavior of female students. The research shows that the female students mostly prefer BBA program followed by BA in English. In the Faculty of Science and Engineering, BS in Pharmacy gets the highest preference. In Post Graduate level MBA and MA in English programs are the preferred subjects. The most important factor for the female students of one strata (top ranked private universities) during admission is the quality of teaching of the university, followed by the image of that university. On the contrary, the female students of other private universities look for lower tuition fees of their preferred program. For the both strata, parents’ decision has a significant influence. Finally, the female students of top ranked universities are highly satisfied with the image of their universities while the female students of other universities are dissatisfied with the overall performance of their universities. Key words: Female students, private universities, descriptive analysis, chi-square and ANOVA tests. I. INTRODUCTION Higher educational attainment in Bangladesh is, in general, very low. The expansion of tertiary education in this country has largely been due to the rapid growth of the private sector in recent years. Till mid nineties the conventional education system has been supported by massively subsidized education through a very small number of state-run institutions to a very narrow spectrum of students chosen out of fierce competition. In course of time, to fulfill the ever-growing demand of institutions for higher studies, a large number of private universities emerged. According to Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS, 2006) , there are 27 public universities (excluding National University–NU & Open University) and 54 private universities now in Bangladesh and e nrolment in these universities has continued to increase during the last decade [1] . The enrollment of total students increased from 119807 in 2001 to 277516 in 2006 [1]. It also shows that a lthough the number of students enrolled in public universities remains higher, the pace of increase for enrollment in private universities seems to have accelerated. In 2001, the number of enrollment in private universities was 27245 which stood at 124267 in 2006. Deabnath (2007) mentions that almost 100,000 students get themselves admitted into the private universities each year [2]. Among which
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