Higher Education as a System: The English Experience

Ourania Filippakou, Brian Salter, Ted Tapper

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With particular, although not exclusive, reference to England, this article explores the appropriateness of describing higher education as a system. It has two main purposes: to explore the grounds for labelling English higher education as a system and to argue that, because this is no longer an appropriate label, a different conceptualisation is required. The central argument is that the structure of higher education is formed through the interaction of the state, market and higher education institutions and is, therefore, a shifting political construct. Furthermore, it will be hypothesised that the English (indeed, the British) model of higher education is better described as an increasingly internally differentiated network of sectors rather than as a system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-122
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Early online date15 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


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