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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 Governance of British Higher Education

The Governance of British Higher Education

State, Market, and Institutional Decision-Making

(p.3) 1 The Governance of British Higher Education
Reshaping the University

David Palfreyman

Ted Tapper

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the emergence of the contemporary model of governance in English higher education. The key transition was the shift instigated by the 1988 Education Reform Act from the University Grants Committee to the funding council model of governance. Post-1988, the overall development of the higher education system would be controlled politically, with the quasi-state apparatus assuming responsibility for policy implementation and regulation. This chapter then examines the impact of the Coalition Government’s 2011 White Paper Higher Education: Students at the Heart of the System. Will the state-regulated market that controls the development of English higher education move closer to a free-market model? Although there has been the virtual withdrawal of public funding for undergraduate fees, steps to augment the information that prospective students receive, and the expansion of a privately-funded sector, the argument is that state regulation is here to stay—a claim which the book will embellish.

Keywords:   governance, autonomy, academic control, state control, state regulation, student choice, privatization

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