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Reshaping the UniversityThe Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education$
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David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.001.0001

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The Descent from Acropolis to Agora

The Descent from Acropolis to Agora

The Entry of the For-Profits

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(p.235) 11 The Descent from Acropolis to Agora
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Reshaping the University
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David Palfreyman

Ted Tapper

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.003.0011

We have recently seen the entry of a small number of for-profit providers into the English system of higher education. This has been stimulated by the Coalition Government attempting to diversity the provision of higher education. Government support has taken four concrete forms: new providers may be granted degree-awarding powers, they can acquire the university title, they need to have no more than 1,000 full-time equivalent students to be eligible to claim that title, and their students can assess the Student Loans Company for financial support. In return the new providers enter the regulatory framework, which brings them closer to the publicly-funded sector. Meanwhile, the publicly-funded institutions increase their levels of private funding while some of them set up privately-funded ‘off-shoots’. The chapter after covering these developments examines the much larger for-profit sector in the US, raising the question of whether developments in England will follow a parallel course.

Keywords:   for-profit HEIs, university title, student access, pedagogical innovation, US lessons, closing ranks, price competition, entry barriers, market innovation

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