ERIC Number: ED472423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Prescribed Higher Education: Where Does It Fit?
Some key findings from data analysis of student records and college surveys regarding non-prescribed higher education (NPHE) courses at further education (FE) colleges in England, many of which are not formally recognized as higher education, are as follows: (1) over half of enrolled students are over age 30 and enrolled part time; (2) there is no consistency among colleges in the use of the terms certificate, diploma, or award; (3) colleges wish to have stronger partnerships with the private sector but are constrained by limited funds; and (4) NPHE is invisible within most college hierarchies. Colleges and the LSC can raise the profile of NPHE by standardizing qualification levels and equivalences, eliminating funding disparities, and designating it as higher education in its own right. (Appendices include the survey instrument; a framework for higher education qualification; and the National Qualifications Framework; three tables; 17 references). (AJ)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Business Education, Colleges, Continuing Education, Developed Nations, Educational Certificates, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Enrollment Trends, Family Characteristics, Foreign Countries, Graduation Requirements, Institutional Cooperation, Interviews, Job Skills, Noncredit Courses, Nontraditional Education, Part Time Faculty, Part Time Students, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, Socioeconomic Status, Statistical Analysis, Strategic Planning, Student Certification, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Technical Education
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (Ref. No. 1377, free). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/PDF/1377.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (Great Britain)