Decline of donnish dominion: the British academic professions in the twentieth century

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1992 - Education - 344 pages
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British higher education is internationally perceived as being in crisis. In this book A. H. Halsey examines how the present-day situation developed. Beginning with the 1963 Robbins Report, he argues that, despite the subsequent expansion of higher education, this initiative represented a failed thrust towards mass higher education. He shows how the rise of liberal economic policies reinforced the long-term decline of academic power, and demonstrates how power has ebbed away from academics towards government, and towards students and industry as consumers of education and research. Professor Halsey's arguments are buttressed by extensive surveys, carried out in 1964, 1976, and 1989, which chart the development of academic opinion in universities and polytechnics. The surveys reveal low morale, disappointment, and resentment; but these feelings are still combined with a persistent belief in the British idea of a university.

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Ideas of the University
The Evolving Hierarchy before Robbins
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A. H. Halsey is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford.
Josephine Webb is Research Officer, Nuffield College, Oxford.

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