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The Debate for Students is on What Education is for

By Allan Päll

It is true that governments in many developed countries see the need to increase higher education attainment rates as William Patrick Leonard points out. And he is certainly sadly correct to highlight that the increase in student numbers is often seen as a purely fiscal measure. But his arguments in terms of the need to define the potential of learners better, however true that might be in certain cases, do not convince me that changes are needed in our higher education system.

The system has had to adapt rapidly to globalisation and the increased role of market economics in the running of higher education institutions. Future students are being told that higher education yields the same economic benefits as it did several decades ago or that it is a highway to a secure life. And thus expectations are being driven up, leading students to accept high debt levels resulting from the normalisation of higher education.

Continued at: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20110806180557829

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