At a time when the Government is aiming to increase the number of students in higher education (HE), a new book offers an analysis of the impact of higher tuition fees for students from low-income families and looks at how HE is organised in terms of progression for students from “alternative” entry routes.
Closing the Equity Gap: the impact of widening participation strategies in the UK and the USA - published by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and edited by Geoff Layer, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Bradford - focuses on how a more socially inclusive higher education system might be secured. It explores the challenges facing higher education as the student financial support model increasingly relies on higher fees and delayed debt.
The book is a series of papers developed by eminent academics focussing on such issues as the economic impact of tuition fees on access in the USA; the Scottish experience in broadening participation through short-cycle courses; the role of the Further Education college in providing HE in England; how college education and financial support operate in the USA; and the implications that broadening participation has for the learning and teaching strategy of universities.
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