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ERIC Number: EJ832763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Breaking Higher Education's Iron Triangle: Access, Cost, and Quality
Daniel, John; Kanwar, Asha; Uvalic-Trumbic, Stamenka
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n2 p30-35 Mar-Apr 2009
The requirements for a model that could allow higher education to expand rapidly in the developing world are that it be readily scalable (wide access), academically credible (high quality) and affordable (low cost). This could be achieved by building higher education networks around credible examination systems run by national or independent bodies or established institutions and then encouraging a market of support providers to aid in development. In this article, the authors opine that the aims of wide access, high quality, and low cost are not achievable, even in principle, with traditional models of higher education based on classroom teaching in campus communities. They suggest a more rigorous and ongoing relationship than this. Perceptions of quality are changing, and the growing emphasis on outcomes and standards heralds the possibility of a model of higher education that could achieve the ministerial aims--one that centers on examinations and allows students to choose different ways of preparing for them. Although this type of system has a long history, contemporary technologies such as eLearning and open educational resources promise to make it even more cost-effective today. (Contains 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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