ERIC Number: EJ719254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
New Labour and Higher Education
Oxford Review of Education, v31 n1 p87-100 Mar 2005
The essay does not seek to add to the scholarly literature on UK higher education, so much as to give a sympathetic account of the dilemmas confronting a progressive government of almost any political stripe and especially one that faces the constraints of New Labour. It begins paradoxically by pointing out that serious investment in higher education requires an extension of Sure Start rather than Foundation Degrees, accepts that no government can wait 16 years for its plans to come to fruition, and examines some familiar issues about funding, quality management and the nature of 'mass' as opposed to 'lite' systems of higher education. Like some recent writers (Alison Wolf and Ewart Keep and Ken Mayhew most notably), the author is sceptical of the claimed productivity benefits of an expansion of higher education and even more doubtful than they whether in the long run degree-level qualifications will retain their value even as a positional good.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Quality Control, Educational Finance, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - General
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom