ERIC Number: ED594132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
International Perspectives in Higher Education: Balancing Access, Equity, and Cost
Delisle, Jason D., Ed.; Usher, Alex, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
"International Perspectives in Higher Education" offers a balanced perspective on how different countries approach key policies and what the United States can learn from those programs. Jason D. Delisle and Alex Usher have gathered a diverse group of experts to examine systems across the globe with a focus on the trade-offs between access, cost, and quality. The book explores a set of cross-cutting global topics such as free tuition, restricted versus unrestricted access, and the structure of student loans, drawing out the similarities and differences across countries. It also provides single-country case studies from Chile, Australia, and Brazil, paying close attention to the context in which specific reforms arose and the unintended consequences of implementation. Too often, programs found in other countries are presented as silver-bullet solutions to be lifted from one country and grafted on to the US system. This book, however, advocates for a careful examination of the strategies other countries are enacting--the political, historical, and demographic context, as well as the trade-offs among different outcomes--before deciding whether they would work here. Delisle and Usher provide an understanding of the interplay among various higher education reforms and the opportunities and challenges involved in undertaking similar reforms in the US context. Given the tremendous challenges facing the US system, their work establishes a solid foundation for policy debates moving forward. Following an introduction by the editors, this book contains the following chapters: (1) The Limitations of Free College in Europe (Jon Marcus); (2) The Expanding Role of Tuition and Other Forms of Cost-Sharing in Higher Education (Bruce Johnstone); (3) Juxtaposing Global and US Private Higher Education: What Is to Be Learned? (Daniel C. Levy); (4) The Practical and Ethical Underpinnings of Higher Education Access Policies (Anna Mountford-Zimdars); (5) The Architecture of Student Loan Systems (Alex Usher); (6) Chile: The Challenges of Free College (Andrés Bernasconi); (7) Australia: The Price of Greater Access to Higher Education (Vicki Thomson); and (8) Brazil: Expanding Access Through Private Institutions (Dante J. Salto).
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Access to Education, Tuition, Student Loan Programs, Cultural Differences, Educational Change, Political Issues, History, Context Effect, Demography, Paying for College, Costs, Private Colleges, Ethics, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Chile; Australia; Brazil