An almost universal driving force for contemporary change in universities is the shifting view of higher education as more of a private than a public good. Towards the Private Funding of Higher Education presents a contemporary global picture of this move towards the privatisation of higher education, and examines how these shifts in ideology and funding priorities have significant policy implications.
The resulting developments, such as the imposition and escalation of student tuition fees and the emergence of online providers of higher education, emerge out of a combination of economic, political and ideological pressures, further enhanced by technological changes. By using multiple international and regional examples to analyse the various pressures for privatisation, this book examines the different forms privatisation has taken, whilst offering an analytical interpretation of why the privatisation drive emerged, why it has been resisted in some instances and what forms it is likely to assume in the future.
Towards the Private Funding of Higher Education illustrates and challenges the emergence of a new relationship between the university, government and society. It is an essential read for higher education professors, university managers and higher education policy makers across the world.
Table of Contents
Contents Page Chapter One: The Funding of Higher Education; The Oscillating Balance between the Public and Private Financing of the University Chapter Two: Distance Learning and the Rise of the MOOCs: The more Things Change; the more they Stay the Same Chapter Three: The Ecology of State Higher-Education Policymaking in the U.S. Chapter Four: The Australian Hybrid: Public and Private Higher Education Funding Chapter Five: The United Kingdom Divided: Contested Income-Contingent Student Loans Chapter Six: The Robust Privateness and Publicness of Higher Education: Expansion through Privatization in Poland Chapter Seven: Germany: Resistance to Fee-Paying Chapter Eight: Is Higher Education in Latin America a Public Good? Issues of Funding, Expansion, Stratification and Equity Chapter Nine: Higher Education Development in China: Fast Growth and Governmental Policy since the Chinese Economic Reform of 1978 Chapter Ten: Whither the Japanese System of Higher Education? Higher Education as a Public and Private Good – Differentiation and Realignment Chapter Eleven: How Inexorable is the Shift from the Public to the Private Funding of Higher Education?
David Palfreyman is Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS), New College, University of Oxford, UK.
Ted Tapper is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS), New College, University of Oxford, UK.
Scott Thomas is Professor and Dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont, USA.