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Expanding higher education in the UK: From ‘system slowdown’ to ‘system acceleration’

Hodgson, A; Spours, K; (2000) Expanding higher education in the UK: From ‘system slowdown’ to ‘system acceleration’. Higher Education Quarterly , 54 (4) pp. 295-322. 10.1111/1468-2273.00163. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper sets out to explore the implications of current patterns of participation and attainment, particularly among 16–19 year-olds, for the further expansion of higher education in the UK. It uses a range of recent statistics on participation and attainment to describe what is termed ‘system slowdown’. It then explores a basis for ‘system acceleration’ through the development of five possible routes into higher education both for 16–19 year-olds and for adults. We conclude the paper by looking briefly at a number of inter-related strategies the Government could adopt to encourage ‘system acceleration’. We suggest that unless the Government is prepared to consider policy changes of this type, it is unlikely to reach the higher education participation target it has set itself and may also jeopardise the basis for a sustainable lifelong learning system for the 21st century. © 2000 Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: Expanding higher education in the UK: From ‘system slowdown’ to ‘system acceleration’
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2273.00163
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541869
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