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Markets versus Public Higher Education

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Markets versus Public Higher Education

Radical changes to higher education are taking place across a number of countries, from Canada to Chile and the Czech Republic. Increasingly, the political process is being shown to be deeply flawed. In Chile, a government minister has resigned following charges of corruption related to his involvement in for-profit higher education. In the UK, advisers move from public roles to private consultancy with little comment. Calls for evidence based policy ring hollow. In the UK, the evidence was of a highly efficient and effective system of public higher education, now being marketised in order to benefit the recipients of inflated executive salaries and shareholders. Howard Hotson reports on how Czech academics are using the arguments made by British opponents of marketisation (especially the ‘Alternative White Paper’, In Defence of Public Higher Education, organised by the Campaign of the Public University). In the Harvard International Review, John Holmwood argues that what is at issue in higher education is profoundly important for democracy. Elsewhere, he argues that the rise of the ‘all-administrative university’ is a consequence of marketisation and not simply of managerialism.

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