This edited volume analyzes the new scheme of university funding in England and its implications for marketing, accountability, quality assurance and its concomitant objectives of access, widening participation, public service and social inclusion. While there is general agreement among the contributors that globalization, coupled with knowledge-based economies and rapid technological changes are driving university education in England to the center stage of policy-making, the government's policies of variable fees and social inclusion are unlikely to succeed.
Dr. K. Moti Gokulsing is currently Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East London.
List of Tables; List of Figures; Foreword by John Field; Acknowledgements; Glossary of Terms; Introduction - K. Moti Gokulsing; Part One: Funding Higher Education in England and Its Marketization Expansion, Efficiency and Social Inclusion: Are New Labor's Aims Compatible? - Jo Blanden and Emla Fitzsimons; University Funding: Government Steer for Autonomous Institutions - David Turner; Markets, Diversity and Higher Education - Miriam David; Accountability in Higher Education - Too Much of the Wrong Sort and Not Enough of the Right Sort? - Roger Brown; Quality Assurance: Enforcing Standards and Encouraging Improvement or Regulation and Deprofessionalization? - David Gosling; Graduate Earnings in the UK - N.C. O'Leary; Students' Attitudes to Debt - Claire Callender; Part Two: Social Inclusion Issues; Widening Participation and Fair Access - Kevin Whitston; University Education as a Public Service - Patrick Ainley; The Student Experience of Present-Day Higher Education in England - Ken Roberts; Gender and Academic Identity - Louise Morley; Lifelong Learning - Challenges and Prospects in an Emerging System - John Field; Concluding Remarks - K. Moti Gokulsing; Bibliography; Index.