ERIC Number: EJ984225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The Changing Structure of British Higher Education: How Diverse Is It?
Filippakou, Ourania; Salter, Brian; Tapper, Ted
Tertiary Education and Management, v18 n4 p321-333 2012
With the passage of the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act the British system of higher education formally moved from a binary to a unitary structure. However, ever since successive governments have argued for a diversified model of higher education within which institutions should pursue contrasting goals. This article offers an interpretation of the key ingredients of institutional diversification and constructs alternative structural models of higher education. It proceeds by exploring the changing structure of British higher education since the creation of the unitary model. The argument is that there has been a steady emergence of flexible sectors, which both converge and diversify. However, there is a danger that the 2011 White Paper, rather than sustaining flexible sectors, could intensify the nascent shift in the direction of stratification marked by increasing differentiation between sectors as they converge internally.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Foreign Countries, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Organizational Change, Position Papers, Governance, Educational Development, Strategic Planning, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Trends, Educational History, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (Great Britain)