1st Edition

A Higher Education The Council for National Academic Awards and British Higher Education 1964-1989

By Harold Silver Copyright 1990
    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1990, A Higher Education was commissioned by the Council for National Academic Awards to commemorate its silver jubilee. The book covers the history of a period of rapid expansion in higher education outside the universities, mirrored in the growth and development of the CNAA. The Council was established with the role of awarding degree courses in polytechnics and colleges, and so its successes and strengths – as well as its problems and difficulties – reflect very closely the preoccupations and events of higher education since 1964. The book describes how the CNAA helped to broaden the range of degree courses beyond the traditional subjects, the way it maintained and enhanced standards in a swiftly changing academic world, and its part in widening access to higher education. The book draws on interviews as well as extensive records of the CNAA and some of its institutions.

    List of Abbreviations

    Chapter Notes



    1. Inventing Higher Education

    2. Launching an Alternative

    3. Making the CNAA

    4. Confronting Policies

    5. Shaping a System

    6. Redrawing Boundaries

    7. Interpreting Partnership

    8. Experiencing the CNAA

    9. Making Judgments and Being Judged

    10. Making Responses

    11. Pasts and Futures