Thursday, October 14, 2010

There May Always Be an England But It May Also Cost More to Go to University There

Inside Higher Ed is running two articles today on a new official report which calls for rising tuition, reduced public subsidies, and more efficiencies in the British higher ed system.

Britain Goes to Market (excerpt)
October 14, 2010

Dozens of British universities could face a struggle for survival after a landmark report paved the way for a massive cut in teaching funding and an open market in fees and student numbers. The independent review on higher education funding and student finance, unveiled this week, concedes that fees of £6,000 (or $9,500) are unlikely to bridge the loss of public investment that is expected to be announced in the government's Comprehensive Spending Review due on Oct. 20. In an interview with Times Higher Education, Lord Browne of Madingley, who led the review, said that the panel had set a “soft cap” of £6,000 -- above which universities would lose an increasing proportion of fee income to the state. The figure was set lower than the level required to bridge the funding gap in order to drive efficiency.

“We’d like to see universities take on a challenge for efficiency, much as every part of society is doing at the moment. And this is a way of catalyzing that,” he said...

Full article at

A related article is at

Such developments - even abroad - have ways of spilling over into discussions about UC and its funding.

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