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Global Perspectives on Higher Education

Responding to Massification

Differentiation in Postsecondary Education Worldwide

Editors: Altbach, Philip G., Reisberg, Liz, de Wit, Hans (Eds.)

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  • In the era of mass higher education, countries need well-organized systems to serve diverse postsecondary needs; this book provides useful national case studies of the status of postsecondary organization worldwide as well as a comparative analysis of global realities.
  • This book illustrates how countries organize postsecondary education and points to the need for coherent academic systems.
  • The first global analysis aimed at understanding how post-secondary education can be organized to meet society’s needs.
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Global massification of postsecondary education, with more than 200 million students studying at an untold number of institutions focusing on every specialization possible, necessitates a differentiated system of postsecondary education in every country. This book provides the first comparative study of how postsecondary education has evolved in 13 countries. The study offers an analysis of current global realities and how different nations have constructed their response. Our research shows that few countries have developed rational and differentiated academic systems to meet new realities. The book provides insights regarding useful approaches for the development of academic systems. The book reveals similarities and differences in the 13 case studies as different governments have expanded postsecondary education to respond to the massification of enrollment. Postsecondary education has become diversified, but for the most part not adequately differentiated in most countries. Several of the case studies underscore the challenge of sustaining differentiation within the system if credentials from non-university, postsecondary institutions are considered of lesser social status. Too often institutions that successfully address the practical needs of national economies are ultimately merged into the university system. There is an urgent need for the planning and structuring of coherent systems of postsecondary education to serve the increasingly diverse clientele in need of the skills required by the knowledge economy. This study is the first global analysis aimed at understanding how post-secondary education can be organized to meet society’s requirements and points to the need for designing coherent academic systems.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Responding to Massification
Book Subtitle
Differentiation in Postsecondary Education Worldwide
Editors
  • Philip G. Altbach
  • Liz Reisberg
  • Hans de Wit
Series Title
Global Perspectives on Higher Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6351-083-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6351-083-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CCXIV, 16
Topics