Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education

Hardcover | July 12, 2014

byDavid Palfreyman, Ted Tapper

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The global economic crisis has required governments across the globe to reconsider their spending priorities. It is within this demanding economic context that higher education systems have been steadily restructured with in many ways the English model in the vanguard of change. This book focuses in particular upon the policy of removing almost entirely public support for the payment of student fees. This has emerged from a steady process of change, which has broad political support and is underwritten by the idea that higher education is now seen more as a private than apublic, good. As this shift has occurred (not a new innovation but rather a return to what once prevailed as more of a market in English higher education) so the relationship between government and the higher education has evolved with the latter now attempting to steer the development of thesystem through a state-regulated market. The book has a strong comparative dimension that draws upon US higher education to illustrate both the possible advantages and potential hazards to the marketization strategy. It concludes that any such strategy needs to be accompanied by state regulation ifit is to function effectively, particularly to stimulate price competition, encourage innovation from new entrants, and provide consumer protection for students paying high fees.

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The global economic crisis has required governments across the globe to reconsider their spending priorities. It is within this demanding economic context that higher education systems have been steadily restructured with in many ways the English model in the vanguard of change. This book focuses in particular upon the policy of removi...

David Palfreyman, MA, MBA, LLB, FRSA is the Bursar of a Fellow of New College, University; he is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (www.oxcheps.new.ox.ac.uk). He has written extensively on the law of higher education (with Dennis Farrington) and on the idea of the collegial tradition (mainly wi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: British Higher Education as a System: Shifting Perceptions, Changing Realities1. The Governance of British Higher Education: State, Market, and Institutional Decision-Making2. Exploring the Unitary Model: A Diversity of Definitions3. The Dearing Report: Sustaining British Higher Education as a SystemPart II: The Pressure for Change: Internal and External4. Universities and Markets: (I) Historical Background and Contemporary Context5. Universities and Markets: (II) Theory and Critical Debate6. The Student as Consumer: Legal Framework and Practical Reality7. The Rise of the Research Agenda: Redefining the Academic Mission8. The Globalization of Higher Education: Coping with rankings and league- tables while delivering more and charging lessPart III: Responding to Change: Organizational Fragmentation9. The HE Industry: Speaking with more than one Voice10. Responding to the State-regulated Market: Universities under Duress11. The Descent from Acropolis to Agora: The Entry of the For-ProfitsPart IV: Towards the Free Market: English Higher Education 202012. From Public Good to Marketplace: From Provider-State to Regulatory- StateConclusion