×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity: Cross-National Perspectives
     

Higher Education and Equality of Opportunity: Cross-National Perspectives

by Fred Lazin
 

See All Formats & Editions

The movement to broaden access to public universities, the dominant strategy during the 1970s and 1980s, has largely shifted to enable the marketplace, rather than the government, to shape the contours of higher education. Government funding is being reduced, affirmative action and other programs designed to insure broader access are in decline and personal

Overview

The movement to broaden access to public universities, the dominant strategy during the 1970s and 1980s, has largely shifted to enable the marketplace, rather than the government, to shape the contours of higher education. Government funding is being reduced, affirmative action and other programs designed to insure broader access are in decline and personal fulfillment is replacing a public good designed to insure greater equality of opportunities. This book explores the impact of diminishing government resources and expanding market forces in developing and developed countries to either foster or lessen equality of opportunities in higher education for different racial, ethnic, religious and gender groupings. What are the consequences of a market-driven higher education for student access, teaching and scholarship? Through case studies, this book explores issues such as access of minority groups within the larger societies, the place of foreign students in a national system, and access for students with mental health difficulties, and evaluates the success of funding schemes designed to expand opportunities and access. The research provides an interesting contrast of the diversity and uniqueness of higher education in the United States, France, Australia, India, Israel, South Korea, The Netherlands, Ghana and several other countries, while at the same time revealing surprising commonalities. These studies reveal world-wide trends in higher education including a cutback in government financing, a decline in access, and a receding of affirmative action. This book is an important addition to the literature on higher education during the age of globalization and the decline of government funding of higher education. The studies provide important data about the current situation in higher education in countries around the world.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Rich
Succinct and immensely readable, this is required reading for university leaders. Examples from a dozen lands illustrate the altruism and the avarice characterizing expansion of global education. No recent title covers the waterfront as well as this study does. Tussling with strangled budgets and unremitting admissions pressure, we need the insights offered here with wit and wisdom. Just occasionally we get a volume as good as this.
International Review Of Education
This collection of twenty chapters, written by experts from various countries, offers an insightful and informative debate on higher education and equality of opportunities in the global economy. The authors employ diverse theoretical perspectives and mixed methodologies, both qualitative and qualitative, and the comparative aspects of their analysis add to the overall richness of discourses employed. What is indeed innovative is both the book’s focus on current cross national dilemmas in higher education, and the comparative analysis of current developments in higher education globally. As such, this volume is a must-read and is warmly recommended to higher education analysts, policy makers, graduate students and the professoriate interested in globalisation and higher education reforms, equity, access, cultural and economic capital and social stratification of higher education.
International Review of Education
This collection of twenty chapters, written by experts from various countries, offers an insightful and informative debate on higher education and equality of opportunities in the global economy. The authors employ diverse theoretical perspectives and mixed methodologies, both qualitative and qualitative, and the comparative aspects of their analysis add to the overall richness of discourses employed. What is indeed innovative is both the book’s focus on current cross national dilemmas in higher education, and the comparative analysis of current developments in higher education globally. As such, this volume is a must-read and is warmly recommended to higher education analysts, policy makers, graduate students and the professoriate interested in globalisation and higher education reforms, equity, access, cultural and economic capital and social stratification of higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739146712
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Series:
Studies in Public Policy
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
346
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Fred A. Lazin is the Lynn&Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government and chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University. N. Jayaram is professor of social sciences at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Matt Evans is assistant professor of political science at Penn State, Altoona.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews