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ERIC Number: EJ897089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1755-2273
The Evolution of Government Policy towards English Higher Education 1979-2007
Welch, Penny
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v2 n2 p96-122 Sum 2009
Using statistics, documentary evidence and commentary from academics and academic trades unions, this article analyses the key features of U.K. government policy towards higher education in England since 1979. The focus is on England because the details of policy and policy implementation vary between the four nations of the U.K. My findings support the view that, over the whole period, successive governments established increasing central control over the higher education system and mobilised it to meet goals compatible with government interpretations of the national interest. In the process, the total number of students in U.K. higher education has trebled, the average cost of a student place has almost halved and the proportion of income from public funds has fallen to 55% (Universities UK 2007). (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)