Valuing Higher Education

An appreciation of the work of Gareth Williams

Paperback / softback, 254 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
7 Sep 2016

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In Valuing Higher Education, leading international analysts examine Gareth Williams’s contribution to shaping our thinking about the economics of higher education in essays that are a testimony to Williams’s conception that the field cannot be properly understood unless viewed alongside social policy, changes in knowledge production, the life chances of students, and their actual learning experience.

Questions identified and discussed include the rise and limitations of markets, the balance between higher education as a public and a private good, the financing of higher education, and audit arrangements. Behind all of the analyses stands the larger question: What is the value of higher education?

The distinguished contributors critique contemporary developments in essays that will also inform further research and policymaking, not least in Williams’s own concluding response, which offers glimpses of future possibilities.

  • Ronald Barnett

    Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education.

  • Paul Temple

    Paul Temple is Emeritus Reader in Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education.

  • Peter Scott

    Peter Scott is Professor of Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education.

CONTENTS: Foreword, by Tessa Blackstone; Introduction, by Ronald Barnett, Peter Scott, and Paul Temple; Gareth Williams: An appreciation, by Maureen Woodhall; PART ONE: THE RISE AND RISE OF MARKETS IN HIGHER EDUCATION; 1. An economic view of higher education theory, by Alberto Amaral and Pedro Teixeira; 2. The idea of the market in financing English higher education, by Paul Temple; 3. Financing British higher education: The triumph of process over policy, by Michael Shattock; 4. Performance indicators and rankings in higher education, by Jill Johnes; PART TWO: A CHANGING ACADEMIC LIFE; 5. Managerialism, garbage cans, and collegial governance: Reflections on an economic perspective of university behaviour, by David Dill; 6. Massification, austerity, and the academic profession, by D. Bruce Johnstone; 7. Financing creativity in the global research economy: Performance management or knowledge construction?, by Louise Morley 8. Branding and the commodification of academic labour, by James Pringle and Rajani Naidoo; PART THREE: THE USES OF HIGHER EDUCATION; 9. Too many or too few? The perennial debates on higher education and the world of work, by Ulrich Teichler; 10. Higher education and the knowledge economy, by Peter Scott; 11. Response, by Gareth Williams; The works of Gareth Williams; Index

'Gareth Williams, Emeritus Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, has devoted his academic life to studying the economic underpinnings of higher education policy. This Festschrift provides a fitting tribute and well deserved appreciation in honour of his work by a range of distinguished scholars who use the opportunity to comment on the rise of markets, managerialism, and the uses of higher education – all themes that Gareth Williams himself pursued with passion, rigour and acumen.'

Michael A. Peters, Professor of Education, Waikato University, New Zealand

'Gareth Williams helped to create higher education as a distinctive field for study. He never staked out disciplinary or sectoral boundaries; although his starting point was an economic view he was never constrained by it. Perfectly titled, Valuing Higher Education is a fitting tribute to his work, organized by contemporary themes – marketing, the academic life, and the uses of higher education – which reflect Williams’ constant concern to make research and teaching influential and relevant for policy. The contributions from many leading academics recapitulate theory and policy development in ways that provide a valuable overview for students, policymakers and researchers alike, and remind us how Gareth Williams has played his part in shaping the whole field of research into HE.'

Rob Cuthbert, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Management, University of the West of England

'A Festschrift in the truest sense of its German origin to honour an eminent and highly renowned scholar by contributions from his equally renowned peers. Interesting and readable, the contributions provide a state-of-the-art overview of a wide range of topics central to the field of higher education studies and research.'

Barbara M. Kehm, Professor of Leadership and International Strategic Development in Higher Education, University of Glasgow