The Governments new HE White Paper is a disaster for higher education and an assault on the very idea of the University. It pursues a private model which will undermine education and research, turning the University into a corporate degree factory which inculcates a flattened model of learning and will ultimately undermine the UK’s standing in the higher education world.
Putting university values back at the heart of higher education Add your name The Government’s White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy, views Higher Education as if it were nothing more than an investment in human capital and a contributor to economic growth. It accepts that current universities are world-leading in teaching and research but then falsely asserts there is a problem of quality! The solution to this non-existent problem, the Government claims, is to open the sector to private for-profit teaching providers.