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1st Edition

Higher Education and the Market

Edited By

Roger Brown

ISBN 9780415991681
Published July 28, 2010 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

The introduction of market forces into higher education is the most crucial issue facing universities and colleges today. As the role of universities in the knowledge society becomes ever more apparent, and as public funding reaches its limit, marketisation has become an issue of critical importance. Discussions about the ever-increasing cost of tuition, affordability, access, university rankings, information, and the commercialization of academic research take place not just in North America, Western Europe and Australasia, but also in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Higher Education and the Market provides a comprehensive account of this phenomenon, and looks at its likely impact on key dimensions of university activity:

  • system structure
  • funding and resources
  • the curriculum
  • participation and achievement
  • research and scholarship
  • interactions with third parties.

Contributors propose how market forces, government intervention and academic self-regulation can be combined to harness the benefits of increased competition and efficiency without losing the public good. It is of particular interest to government and institutional leaders, policy makers, researchers and students studying higher education.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Donald Heller

1. Introduction, Roger Brown

2. Markets and Non-Markets, Roger Brown

3. The Impact of Markets, Roger Brown

4. Markets in the US Higher Education System: Imperfect Competition for Undergraduates, Christopher C. Morphew and Barrett J. Taylor

5. The Developing Student Market in Australian Higher Education, Gavin Moodie

6. False Economy? Multiple Markets, Reputational Hierarchy and Incremental Policymaking in UK Higher Education, William Locke

7. Markets in Dutch Higher Education: Improving Performance and Quality in a Hands-Off Governance Setting, Ben Jongbloed

8. Portuguese Higher Education: More Competition and Less Market Regulation? Pedro Teixeira and Alberto Amaral

9. Diversification and Competition in German Higher Education, Lydia Hartwig

10. Emerging Markets in the Finnish System, Seppo Holtta, Tea Janssen and Jussi Kivisto

11. Creeping Marketization: Where Polish Public and Private Sectors Meet, Marek Kwiek

12. The Marketization of Higher Education: A Perspective from Japan, Futao Huang

13. Taming the Beast, Roger Brown

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Roger Brown is Co-Director for the Centre of Higher Education Research Development (CHERD) at Liverpool Hope University.