Growth of UK private & for profit HE providers

The growth of private and for-profit higher education providers in the UK

This report was commissioned by Universities UK’s Longer Term Strategy Group to examine private and for-profit providers’ role in the delivery of higher education in the UK, and to inform further discussions on this issue.The private higher education sector is emerging as a growing force in many parts of the world and presents a range of potential opportunities and challenges. This report examines where we were in the UK (in 2009) and provides a series of likely scenarios for the future in terms of how the private sector may develop, and how we might respond. These scenarios include private providers awarding degrees, funding systems that give students a choice of public or private provision, and changes to the marketplace to neutralise any competitive advantage.


download: PrivateProvidersmar2010

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