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This key text provides an overview of current theoretical issues, areas of study and major themes that are covered in Education Studies programs

The Expansion of Higher Education: A Consideration of Control, Funding and Quality
The expansion of higher education: A consideration of control, funding and quality

Since the Robbins Report of 1963, higher education in the UK has undergone major expansion, changing it from an elite to a mass system. This chapter explores the changing socio-economic context in which this transformation has taken place and considers how the expansion of higher education has raised issues of control, quality and funding.


The Dearing Report on higher education published in 1997 (NCIHE, 1997) was the first officially sponsored examination of the higher education (HE) system in the UK since the Robbins Report of 1963 (Committee on Higher Education, 1963). Dearing was asked to solve immediate problems and to look ahead to ...

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