Documents reveal risk of failure at universities

“Government officials were monitoring 13 universities and colleges deemed ‘at risk’ of failure as recently as 2004, the Guardian has learned. Classified documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal a catalogue of concerns about governance and financing, including universities struggling to recruit students or reduce drop-out rates and others which had become too dependent on overseas students for funding. The institutions, largely ex-polytechnics and small arts colleges, include large universities such as Luton University, Greenwich University and Liverpool John Moores University. Some high-profile arts colleges including the Courtauld Institute, Wimbledon School of Art and Trinity College of Music were also being monitored by officials at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), who were concerned about their future viability …” (more)

[Polly Curtis, Guardian, 23 February]

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