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ERIC Number: EJ844731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1682-3451
The Dynamics of Massification and Differentiation: A Comparative Look at Higher Education Systems in the United Kingdom and California
Higher Education Management and Policy, v16 n3 p7-34 2005
US higher education and distinct state systems such as in California offer comparative models for UK higher education. This essay provides a comparative analysis of US and UK higher education, followed by a description of the development, and contemporary structure of California's system. California offers a broadly accessible network of colleges and universities that are highly differentiated, and that collectively offers multiple routes to a higher education program and degree. It has also proven highly efficient in costs to taxpayers and students. This model provides a lens for an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of UK higher education, and in particular the highly decentralised systems in England and Wales. But in looking to California for possible inspiration, a few words of caution are offered. California may provide ideas about differentiation, governance, access and cost containment. It does not, however, offer much in regard to the difficult process and politics of reorganising or modifying significantly developed higher education systems like that in the United Kingdom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)