ERIC Number: EJ719727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 10
The Perils and Promise of Variable Fees: Institutional and Public Policy Responses in the UK and the US
Ward, David; Douglass, John Aubrey
Perspectives: policy and practice in higher education, v9 n1 p29-35 Jan 2005
On both sides of the Atlantic, public higher education faces similar challenges in how to maintain and expand access to high quality tertiary education at an affordable cost to students and their families. These challenges undermine assumptions about the cost of higher education that were based upon conditions prevalent during the generation following the end of the Second World War when access to higher education would be made available at little or no cost. The costs and implications of mass access to higher education were rarely considered. Today the issues of cost, quality and access drive public policies. At present good economic models provide guidance on issues such as price sensitivity. If public higher education institutions are to move from a reactive to a creative role in the development of new tuition fee policies, there will be a need for broad public consensus on the appropriate proportionate contributions of individuals and the state to the cost of public HE. This article discusses this issue and offers possible solutions.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, War, Costs, Educational Quality, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States