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    The impact of tuition fees and student support on access to HE in Britain

    Callender, C. (2006) The impact of tuition fees and student support on access to HE in Britain. In: Teixeira, P.N. and Johnstone, D.B. and Rosa, M.J. and Vossensteyn, H. (eds.) Cost-sharing and Accessibility in Higher Education: A Fairer Deal? Higher Education Dynamics 14. London, UK: Springer, pp. 105-132. ISBN 9781402046605.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Higher education finances lie at the crossroads in many Western countries. On the one hand, the surging demand of the past three or four decades, driven by a belief in higher education as a principal engine of social and economic advancement, has led to dramatic growth of the higher education systems in these countries. On the other hand, this growth in demand was accompanied by rapidly increasing per-student cost pressures at a time when governments seemed increasingly unable to keep pace with these cost pressures through public revenues. Hence, worldwide, the most common approach to the need for increasing revenue was to use some form or forms of cost sharing, or the shift of some of the higher educational per-student costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students. This raises several important challenges to higher education systems. First, there is the political and social controversy associated with most forms of cost-sharing, particularly with tuition fees. Secondly, there are important issues in terms of the broad context of social policy, such as the role of families and students and the relationship that the state establishes with each of them. Third, there is the comparison of alternative instruments of cost-sharing and the direct and indirect effects of each of them, notably in terms of educational equality. Overall, underlying cost-sharing debates are fundamental questions about social choice, individual opportunities, and the role of government in society.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 10:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 09:44
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19040

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