The results of PA’s recent survey of UK vice chancellors have been featured in an article in the Guardian. The feature, entitled Are private universities the way forward? explores what lessons universities in the UK can learn from private providers and, in particular, from the higher education sector in the US.
It outlines the view of Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern, a university in Illinois, that private and for-profit universities will continue to thrive in the US but that the outlook is less good for public sector providers. The article argues that the picture could be similar in the UK, quoting the PA survey as evidence, “The survey, for PA Consulting, identified two institutions actively considering going private, and nearly a quarter that expected government-funded activities to become less relevant to their business planning.” This underlines how PA’s survey has become a key reference document for discussion of the future of the higher education sector.
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