ERIC Number: ED438444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
For Better or Worse: The Influence of FE Franchising on Learning.
Fletcher, Mick, Ed.
Seven papers look at lessons from the franchising experience in further education (FE) in Britain. "Franchising--A Case Study in FE Funding" (Mick Fletcher) looks at franchised provision in the light of universal themes that cut across all of FE: funding tariff, employer contributions, and local priorities. "The Case for Collaborative Provision" (Jan Dominey) outlines benefits of franchising to principal stakeholders, refutes common criticisms, and gives examples of the types of innovative provision franchising has allowed. "The Rise and Fall of Franchising" (Brian Styles) emphasizes the distorting effects of franchising on the sector and its impact on non-franchised provision. "Community-Based Collaborative Provision" (Maggie Gidney) underlines the variety of forms franchising has taken, which, in turn, explains why there is no easy regulatory solution to the difficulties raised. "Franchising and Core Provision" (Birmingham University School of Education) presents research findings on the impact of the funding methodology used in FE since incorporation. "The Selling of FE Lite, How We Spend a Bundle of Cash without Increasing Opportunities at All" (Adrian Perry), discusses the following six major problems with franchise work as presently constituted: (1) it diverted funds and attention from mainstream work; (2) it sprang up undiscussed and unplanned; (3) it used funds that could have been better used elsewhere; (4) it paid for training that would have been occurring anyway, or that was not meant to be funded as FE; (5) it distorts comparisons of growth and costs; and (6) it works against local and regional planning for educational capacity. "Update" (Mick Fletcher) is a summary of changes introduced in 1999. (Contains 21 references and list of acronyms.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Community Involvement, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Franchising, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, School Community Relationship, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)