ERIC Number: EJ847954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
The Impact of Competition on Program Quality
Meyer, Katrina A.
Planning for Higher Education, v32 n4 p5-13 Jun-Aug 2004
Will head-to-head competition among degree programs lead to greater quality or less? States are pursuing several policies that increase market competition, such as funding distance education and virtual universities. Planning professionals need to understand what factors mediate whether competition does, in fact, occur, such as the market size, product similarity, the role of profitability, and various student and provider behaviors (e.g., faculty attitudes and institutional leadership). Although no single (or simple) answer is possible, planners should have several ways to assess whether new competition will improve or harm their program's quality.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Virtual Universities, Competition, Higher Education, Internet, Outcomes of Education, Electronic Learning, Entrepreneurship, Educational Vouchers, Enrollment, Accreditation (Institutions), Evaluation, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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