Specially commissioned contributions edited by some of the most respected academics currently working in the field of higher education, drawing the situation as it is now and looking forward to the developments of the coming years. It asks questions such as will 'Dearing' prove to be little more than a stop-gap? What will be the balance of power between education institutions, the state and the private sector? What are the realities behind 'lifelong learning', and what form will it take if it steps out of the realms of theory?
'… [offers] valuable insight into the issues that will be shaping higher education systems for decades to come.' - ACU Bulletin
'I commend this collection to them [policy makers], and to everyone interested in defending the university as champion of learning for its own sake, as well as of meeting the needs of society and the economy.' - Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning