ERIC Number: ED193993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education Resurgence or Decline? Current Issues in Higher Education, 1978.
Britain's Secretary of State for Education and Sciences assesses the future for higher education in Britain. The British system of higher education is outlined as background, and common developments in the field in Britain and the United States are noted: (1) the end of the rapid expansion in funds; (2) the atmosphere of doubt as to what the public is getting in higher education; (3) issues of academic standards as traditionally conceived and the need for educational alternatives; and (4) demographic trends that indicate a decrease in audience for higher education. Substantial statistical data and analyses are provided in the cases of the second and fourth developments. It is concluded that the central nature of the teaching function is essential in any attempt to take higher education into new areas. The only way to bring continuing education to disadvantaged and other new groups will be to improve the effectiveness of teaching. It is proposed that this requires: training academics to present their subjects well, an area largely neglected, and recognizing the significance of the teaching function in reaching out to groups to whom manner of presentation is an important consideration. It is felt that in valuing the teaching function more highly than is often done, higher education can be brought to new segments of the population. (MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, College Faculty, College Instruction, Comparative Education, Demography, Educational Demand, Educational Improvement, Enrollment Trends, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Tables (Data), Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
American Association for Higher Education, Suite 780, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 1978).