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Changing higher education provision
Changing HE / higher skills provision22nd March 2013Louis Coiffait, Head of Research@LouisMMCoiffaitThe Pearson Think Tankthepearsonthinktank.com
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Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might HE / higher-level skills matter? 2008 recession, 2013 0.6% UK growth, maybe even triple dip? Still c. 1m young people unemployed Plan A austerity, £11.5bn savings this Spending Round UK Plc, competitive knowledge economy, Made (better) in Britain? Radical changes to make UK HE / skills systems more ‘responsive’…
Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might HE / higher-level skills matter? ONS via Guardian http://goo.gl/VyPR6
Trends in UK HE / higher skills provisionWhat is currently happening on the ground? Funding increasingly follows learners in England, 4 nations diverging Increasingly competitive and marketised system, student ‘choice’ e.g. competing for 115k ABB students, Key Information Set (KIS) Total HE sector income up 2.8% and ‘efficiencies’ made... but wide variation, low surpluses, 3.5% fall in 2012/13 learners Growing (narrow?) focus on outcomes by all stakeholders education = employment = £ / growth / competitiveness ? Institutions seeking to be distinctive and attractive e.g. How many are ‘The employability university’
Changing UK HE / higher skillsWhat alternatives are emerging, other than work? (Higher) apprenticeships, with strong government backing …but ongoing challenges to delivering them well at scale Why don’t more (than 2) HEI’s deliver higher apprenticeships? Large employers increasingly targeting school leavers sometimes incorporating HE… the Morrisons Academy at Hull Uni sometimes not… Deloitte BrightStart with professional quals Cost of HE; recent UK rises, USA already high e.g. 2-year $100k Thiel fellowships (not to go to uni) Corrosive narrative of ‘too many thick kids on Mickey-mouse courses’
Changing UK HE / higher skillsHow is part-time provision changing? -40% since 2010 (105k decline) - more sensitive to fees? Hard to measure, highly variable provision, blurred definitions Lower completion / achievement - impact on rankings A complex picture, needs careful institutional / national focus IES identified four types; career enhancers, career changers, non- career learners and career entrants and suggested FE and private providers have the most expansion potential Institute for Employment Studies (IES) http://goo.gl/ibV15
Changing UK HE / higher skillsCan provision change to target/support other groups? How do these groups overlap with part-time learners? Mature learners Postgrads International students Opportunities for institutional and course specialisation?
Changing UK HE / higher skillsHow is online provision changing? MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs (hype?) Face-to-face interaction can never be replaced, only augmented It is an acceleration of change, but the debate often too polarised Tends to miss the c.40 year history of distance and open learning Unclear where it leads the sector yet (though I’m pretty hopeful) Stupid name, soon MOOCs will just be known as … courses (appropriately blended and personalised for the learner) Open up access. Make provision cheaper, flexible, data-supported How are institutions using technology to support their mission? …and to target / support different specific groups?