New Degree Providers

  morddwyd 10:05 29 Jun 11

According to the FT (can't find a link I'm afraid) a plan to allow new providers of degree courses will push up standards.

I seem to recall the same argument when polytechnics were re-classed as unis.

It didn't happen.

All that happened was that degrees themselves, no matter how hard earned, were degraded overall simply because there were (are) so many of them.

I remember when I was job hunting - "Train as a bus driver - £20k)", and "Graduate wanted - £12k".

  spider9 10:13 29 Jun 11

BBC Newsnight last night had a discussion about a 'new provider' and it seemed to be a course that operated two days a week, so that the students could get a decent part-time job to pay for it, on the other days.

There were also no 'campus' activities (clubs, societies etc) but the fees were comparatively low, about £4.5k I think.

The argument against seems to be the lack of a proper 'university experience', which was always considered an essential part of the 'rounded education' provided by traditional establishments.

But cash has to be king, nowadays, I suppose.

  wiz-king 12:50 29 Jun 11

Now they just need to call it 'The open university' and we will be back to square one.

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