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ERIC Number: EJ907725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Trajectories of Higher Education System Differentiation: Structural Policy-Making and the Impact of Tuition Fees in England and Australia
McCaig, Colin
Journal of Education and Work, v24 n1-2 p7-25 Feb 2011
This article explores the impact of student self-financing systems on inequalities of access to higher education (HE) through comparative analysis of two national systems, those of England and Australia. The analysis of the historical development of HE in each nation identifies a set of comparative global themes: the expansion of HE in response to the needs of the national economy; globalisation and the changing labour market; social pressures for equity in access to HE; and the growing role of the central state in HE. The article presents a discussion of system differentiation based around the following characteristics: tuition fee and bursary regimes; institutional autonomy; institutional diversity; the strength of equity arguments; and the role of the state in widening participation. The article concludes with a discussion of the often complex interactions between these characteristics and aims to add to our understanding of the impact of student self-financing regimes on trajectories of system differentiation and on access and participation. (Contains 2 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England)