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Policy options for UK universities and private colleges

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 6th, 2011

The report, Private Providers in UK Higher Education: Some Policy Options, by Professor Robin Middlehurst, Kingston University, and John Fielden, CHEMS Consulting, was release yesterday. According to Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, it suggests that in return for more public funding, private colleges should be subject to a more uniform and transparent regulatory regime. However, the authors issued a warning, outlining how regulation needed to be carefully implemented; otherwise there is a danger of the UK repeating the mistakes of the US system. The report referred to how some for-profits colleges have been accused of misleading students and claims that the deception was due to the growth in US for-profits colleges built upon access to state-sponsored student loans – something already happening in the UK, albeit on a much smaller scale.

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