Access, Equity and Transfer in Distributed Systems of Higher Education

Presented by Professor Gareth Parry, University of Sheffield, UK

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National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

Bradley Forum, UniSA City West campus, Hawke Building level 5, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Jointly presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

In the age of near-universal access, what should be the division of labour between universities, colleges and schools? Should colleges be accorded a special mission in higher education alongside vocational education and training? If schools are sometimes teaching at levels equivalent to the first year of higher education, should this carry academic credit? The implications for student access, equity and mobility in distributed systems of higher education will be explored. The cross-national evidence of patterns and trends in distributed systems will be reviewed.

Gareth ParryGareth Parry is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. He has held academic positions at Surrey, Warwick and City Universities and the University of London Institute of Education. The early part of his career was spent teaching in further education colleges and open college networks in London. He was a consultant to the Dearing committee of inquiry into higher education (1996-97) and the Foster review of further education colleges (2004-05). His research is focused on policy reform and system change in tertiary education. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education. In 2008, he was appointed to the Management Board of Foundation Degree Forward.


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