Tinker, tailor, tamper, why?

“Politicians are guilty of an ‘astonishing’ amount of ‘tinkering’ in higher education, and in their latest efforts to plan for its future have ‘laboured to produce a mouse’. Speaking at a round-table event last week, Sir David Watson, professor of higher education management at the Institute of Education, University of London, said that over the past five decades he had witnessed ‘wild lurches’ between expansion and contraction in the sector, ‘radical changes of mind’ about the status of universities, and constant moral panic over ‘dumbing down’ …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 3 December]

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