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ERIC Number: EJ929489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
The Birth of the Market Place in English Higher Education: A Rough Guide
Alderman, Geoffrey; Palfreyman, David
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v15 n3 p79-83 2011
Last October Lord Browne of Madingley published the long-awaited report of his "Independent Review into Higher Education Funding and Student Finance" (Independent Review 2010). Browne and his colleagues recommended the removal of the "cap" on the tuition fees chargeable for first degrees by taxpayer-funded universities in England. This cap, imposed by the Higher Education Act of 2004 (the relevant provisions of which came into effect two years later), is currently set at 3,290 British pounds pa. Browne argued for its complete elimination, thus permitting universities to charge, in theory, whatever the market might bear for any particular degree programme. In response, the present Coalition government has now obtained parliamentary approval for a policy that will (with effect from September 2012) permit publicly funded universities to charge up to--but not more than--9,000 British pounds pa; but if they want to charge more than 6,000 British pounds they will have to agree to a raft of measures including offering bursaries, summer schools, and "outreach" programmes, so as to promote applications from students from poorer backgrounds. In this paper, the authors attempt to outline some features of the higher education environment in England that might result from an approximation of a free market in the provision of university education in the country. So what is likely to happen once the regime promised, post-Browne, by Britain's Coalition government kicks in? The authors suggest that prospective students and their parents are likely to look much more closely at graduation rates, first-destination data, and likely earnings over a set period of years post-graduation, as well as information related to the quality of teaching and learning (including the ratio of teachers to students), various measures of student satisfaction, and that intangible but very real attribute--reputation. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)