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ERIC Number: ED499856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 77
Abstractor: Author
Global Higher Education Rankings: Affordability and Accessibility in Comparative Perspective, 2005
Usher, Alex; Cervenan, Amy
Online Submission
Over the past few decades, higher education has become available around the world to a degree unimaginable to earlier generations. In many ways, accessible mass higher education is the foundation of the modern knowledge economy, and without it, the bright futures of many youth around the world would be dimmed. Preserving and enhancing the accessibility of higher education is an issue that confronts governments and stakeholders all over the world. This inaugural edition of the Global Higher Education Rankings is the first systematic and rigorous exploration of the affordability and accessibility of higher education within an international comparative context. The report is effectively divided into four parts following an introduction: methodology, affordability rankings, accessibility rankings, and conclusions. The end of the report also includes individual country reports which profile national results, and two appendices relating to data and indicator scores. The affordability section of this report looks at the complete and high quality data on affordability of higher education in fifteen countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The accessibility section of the report looks at the relevant, complete data on accessibility of higher education in thirteen countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Given the difference in national focus and priorities regarding higher education accessibility, data on accessibility is far less open to international comparison than is data on affordability. While there is some clustering, the data and rankings suggest quite strongly that the links between accessibility and affordability are not straightforward. For instance, with the exceptions of Finland and the Netherlands, no country hasconsistently high scores across both the affordability and accessibility rankings. Data Sources and Indicator Scoring/Weightings Sensitivity are appended. (Contains 7 figures and 29 tables.) [This document was published by the Educational Policy Institute. Abstract modified to meet ERIC guidelines.]
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; Finland; France; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; New Zealand; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States