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ERIC Number: EJ994253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-29
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In London, a Working-Class University Wrestles with Change
Labi, Aisha
Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 2012
Patrick McGhee, vice chancellor of the University of East London, has a lot in common with many of the 28,000 students at the large urban institution he leads. He was the first in his family to attend university. And he dislikes much about the government's higher-education reform efforts, which he has deemed "misguided, premature, unproven and rushed." He is especially opposed to a measure allowing universities to nearly triple tuition. The decision to triple tuition has upset many at East London University, which attracts low-income and ethnically diverse students. Faculty members argue that the university is losing sight of its roots and failing in its mission to provide an affordable education to mostly first-generation college students. Universities had been subjected to budget cuts under the previous government. As the new tuition takes effect, public financing will be reduced even more. As the government continues to waffle over key provisions laid out in a report produced last year, there is widespread uncertainty about how the nation's universities will fare. A government crackdown on immigration has heightened those worries, as many universities rely heavily on the higher tuition that foreign students bring in.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)