A Higher Education: The Council for National Academic Awards and British Higher Education 1964-1989, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Higher Education

The Council for National Academic Awards and British Higher Education 1964-1989, 1st Edition

By Harold Silver


302 pages

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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.

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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



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Higher Education

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of higher education, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of learning, teaching, student experience and administration in relation to the higher education through the areas of business, sociology, education reforms, government, educational policy, business and religion, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of higher education in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students and practitioners of education, politics and sociology.

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