I participated in another Guardian UK online panel, this time on a topic I’ve thought about a fair bit (student consumerism). The online discussion is available at this link.
The “best bits” of the discussion were summarised and re-published in a Guardian article here (Thursday, November 10th).
In this blog post I discuss how the focus on measurable outcomes from higher education, and on quantitative measures of comparison such as international rankings. How are these linked to a culture of risk and accountability, considering that students paying higher premiums for education are now seeking a return on their “investment”? What happens when they don’t get the outcomes they paid for – and why is it that we can never market higher education as a “product” that is the same for everyone?