ERIC Number: ED459645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Supply and Demand in Higher Education. Consultation.
Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
This document discusses trends in the supply and demand for higher education in England in order to raise fundamental questions about future student numbers and to encourage discussion of future policies. It examines the rapid expansion of higher education places in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the leveling off of growth in demand that followed. It looks at the underlying causes of these changes and the consequences for institutions and the entire higher education sector. The analysis frames a discussion of the position and role of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the policy options that arise. The document is meant to stimulate discussion, and responses to the HEFCE are invited. Although there is currently a leveling off in growth of higher education in England, a number of conditions may result in a resumption of growth. These include curriculum changes in secondary education that may cause greater numbers of students to pursue higher education. It appears that there will be a need for intervention to maintain student diversity in higher education, and it will be necessary to make provisions for increasing numbers of nontraditional students. (Contains 21 figures, 4 tables, and 52 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Resource Allocation, Supply and Demand
Higher Education Funding Council for England, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QD England. Tel: 0117-931-7317; Fax: 0117-931-7203; Web site: http://www.hefce.ac.uk.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)