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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 Globalization of Higher Education

The Globalization of Higher Education

Coping with Rankings and League Tables while Delivering More and Charging Less

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(p.172) 8 The Globalization of Higher Education
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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/9780199659821.003.0008

While the league tables ranking the global status of higher education institutions has been lambasted, they are undoubtedly here to stay. It is impossible for those designated as the leading world-class universities to avoid the pressure of sustaining their status. But it has to be recognized that the dominant input into securing such a status is the quantity and quality of research output. And yet the most prevalent current political pressure is to increase the quality of the students’ teaching and learning experiences. The chapter, with reference to the American experience, explores the possibilities of achieving the latter goal while retaining the aspiration of maintaining the status of aworld-class university.It raises the possibility of exploring the MOOCs option to reduce costs, implementing American-style ‘honors programs’ to sustain quality teaching, increasing competition by enabling additional providers to enter the market, and enhancing the powers of the regulatory state to reinforce consumer (student) protection.

Keywords:   globalization, league tables, world-class, research-intensive, MOOCs, honors programs, brand value, squeezed middle, consumerism

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