Changing HE / higher skills provision22nd March 2013Louis Coiffait, Head of Research@LouisMMCoiffaitThe Pearson Think Tank...
The Pearson Think TankWho are we and what do we do?   Independent think tank focused on education access and quality   O...
The future of HE?
1. WHO                      ?             More s                    tudent             More o        s,                   ...
Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might HE / higher-level skills matter?   2008 recession, 2013 0.6% UK growt...
Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might HE / higher-level skills matter?                        ONS via Guardi...
Trends in UK HE / higher skills provisionWhat is currently happening on the ground?   Funding increasingly follows learne...
Changing UK HE / higher skillsWhat alternatives are emerging, other than work?   (Higher) apprenticeships, with strong go...
Changing UK HE / higher skillsHow is part-time provision changing?   -40% since 2010 (105k decline) - more sensitive to f...
Changing UK HE / higher skillsCan provision change to target/support other groups?   How do these groups overlap with par...
Changing UK HE / higher skillsHow is online provision changing?   MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs (hype?)     ...
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Changing higher education provision

  1. 1. Changing HE / higher skills provision22nd March 2013Louis Coiffait, Head of Research@LouisMMCoiffaitThe Pearson Think Tankthepearsonthinktank.com
  2. 2. The Pearson Think TankWho are we and what do we do? Independent think tank focused on education access and quality Ongoing programme of research and thought-leadership  The Academies Commission (with the RSA)  Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education  pearsonblueskies.com, on the future of higher education  Careers2020  University admissions  Tuition fees Policy intelligence, analysis and comment e.g. Policy Watch, blogs All of our content and activities are free
  3. 3. The future of HE?
  4. 4. 1. WHO ? More s tudent More o s, lder, w from and in e orking mergin and pa g natio rt time n studen s ts 2. WHERE? Informally, outside classes, wherever suits More courses with multiple global locations3. HOW?Blended, onlSocially w ine and personali ith others sed servi , virtually ces or in pers on ntry dtheir cou 4. W H Y? for them an es ic benefit, d too - valu Econom orl a better w But for
  5. 5. 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’…
  6. 6. Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might HE / higher-level skills matter? ONS via Guardian http://goo.gl/VyPR6
  7. 7. 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’
  8. 8. 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’
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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?
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. Thank you!thepearsonthinktank.com@louismmcoiffait …any questions?

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