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ERIC Number: ED433749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Co-operation and Collaboration and the Emergence of a Seamless Education Sector. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Wood, V.
This paper examines trends toward cooperation and collaboration between colleges of further education and universities in the United Kingdom especially increasing political pressures for wider access to postsecondary education. It notes that the trend toward a single postsecondary sector within which students can move freely from one level to another is not accompanied with commensurate increases in resources provided to institutions of higher education. The paper reports on an analysis of retention, success, and failure rates of students (N=1329) who had either transferred from a further education college (N=465) or entered the university as first-year students over the period 1994-1998. Students were working at either regular or honors degree levels in accounting, commerce, and business studies. Overall, the students transferring from further education colleges were significantly more likely than first-year entry students to achieve the Degree or Honours Degree qualification. Results suggest that institutions in both sectors can increase student intake without prejudicing program quality or students' learning experience. However, this paper raises concerns about how the new "Advanced Higher" qualification will relate to accreditation requirements of professional bodies and governmental policy. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom