Can we increase access to higher education?

Ireland“In a previous post in this blog, I looked at the targets that have been set for participation in higher education and looked at whether these were desirable or achievable. In particular, I considered the government’s target in Ireland to raise participation from just under 60 per cent to 72 per cent. From where I am right now, I would have to say that, quite regardless of any analysis of the benefits and disadvantages of such an increase, there is no realistic chance of achieving it as we cut budgets for higher education and attempt to live with scarce resources. However, it may be worth noting that higher education institutions still offer a fairly inflexible portfolio of programmes, and this has a bearing on the question I am raising here …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

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