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High Participation Systems of Higher Education

Brendan Cantwell, Simon Marginson, and Anna Smolentseva


Higher education has become a central institution of society, building individual knowledge, skills, agency, and relational social networks at unprecedented depth and scale. Within a generation there has been an extraordinary global expansion of higher education, in every region in all but the poorest countries, outstripping economic growth and deriving primarily from familial aspirations for betterment. By focusing on the systems and countries that have already achieved near universal participation, High participation systems (HPS) of higher education explores this remarkable transformation.T ... More

Keywords: higher education, high participation systems (HPS), massification, enrolment growth, Martin Trow, governance, institutional diversity, social stratification, inequality

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198828877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198828877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brendan Cantwell, editor
Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Simon Marginson, editor
Professor of International Higher Education, and Director of ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London

Anna Smolentseva, editor
Senior Researcher, National Research University Higher School of Economics

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Part I Worldwide Tendencies

2 Comparative Data on High Participation Systems

Patrick Clancy and Simon Marginson

3 Governance

Brendan Cantwell, Rómulo Pinheiro, and Marek Kwiek

4 Horizontal Diversity

Dominik Antonowicz, Brendan Cantwell, Isak Froumin, Glen A. Jones, Simon Marginson, and Rómulo Pinheiro

5 Vertical Stratification

Brendan Cantwell and Simon Marginson

6 Equity

Simon Marginson

7 High Participation Society

Anna Smolentseva

Part II Country Cases

11 Stratification by the State and the Market: High Participation Higher Education in Russia

Anna Smolentseva, Isak Froumin, David L. Konstantinovskiy, and Mikhail Lisyutkin

16 Conclusions: High Participation Higher Education in the Post-Trow Era

Brendan Cantwell, Simon Marginson, and Anna Smolentseva

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