Update: 10 June 2013
The title would be a “mark of vocational excellence”, according to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
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2 February 2012:
In previous posts on higher education, we have discussed issues such as
- How do you define ‘best’?
- Shouldn’t a qualification called a ‘BA/BSC/LLB’ be the same standard wherever you take it?
- Is a BA/BSc from ‘Oxbridge’ or a ‘red brick’ ‘better’ than one from a concrete university or a former polytechnic? Which is more important in that value judgement by student, parent, employer or politician intellectual rigour or age of institution? Is it really all about image and reputation?
Now it has been announced that further education colleges are going to play an enhanced role in offering degrees in England, as they are awarded funding for places previously held by universities.
Ministers want to make higher education more widely available through local further education colleges, and around half of the allocation of 20,000 lower-cost places will be in further education colleges.
What does this mean for further and higher education?
Does it matter where you study for a degree?
What is the difference between studying for a degree (awarded by a university) at:
- the university itself
- a further education college, or
- at the New College of the Humanities?
Is this a return to the days of the polytechnic?
Should polytechnics have become universities in 1992? Did the so-called “Binary Divide” between universities and polytechnics matter? Did both have their own equally important and valid roles (the former more academic/research based and awarding their own degrees, the latter offering more technical/vocational education with a central body (the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA)) awarding and validating the degrees)?
Should we bring back polys?
Would having a central degree awarding/validating body for all higher education providers create a level playing field and end the Oxbridge v Redbrick v ‘Plate Glass’ v ‘New’ university debate?
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