Higher Education in the UK and the US

Converging University Models in a Global Academic World?

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Editor: Sarah Pickard
Higher Education in the UK and the US: Converging University Models in a Global Academic World? edited by Sarah Pickard addresses the key similarities and differences in higher education between the two countries over the last thirty years, in order to ascertain whether there exists a specific ‘Anglo-Saxon model’. This interdisciplinary book is divided into three thematic parts dealing with current fundamental issues in higher education within neoliberal Great Britain and the United States: economics and marketisation of higher education; access and admittance to universities; and the student experience of higher education. The contributors are all higher education specialists in diverse academic fields – sociology, political sciences, public policy studies, educational studies and history – from either side of the Atlantic.

Contributors are: Bahram Bekhradnia, James Côté, Marie-Agnès Détourbe, John Halsey, Magali Julian, Kenneth O’Brien, Cristiana Olcese, Anna Mountford-Zimdars, Sarah Pickard, Chris Rust, Clare Saunders, Christine Soulas, and Steven Ward.
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Biographical Note

Sarah Pickard is Senior Lecturer in British Politics and Society at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris. Her research area is contemporary Youth Studies focussing on the interaction between youth policy and youth politics, especially higher education. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on British youth and British Studies.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Charts, Figures, Tables and Illustrations
Note on Contributors

Introduction


PART I - THE ECONOMICS AND MARKETISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION

1. Creating the Enterprising Student: The Moral Projects of Neoliberalism and Higher Education Reform in the UK and the US
STEVEN WARD

2. Education Markets in English and American Universities
JOHN HALSEY and KENNETH O’BRIEN

3. Higher Education in the United Kingdom under Tony Blair: An American Inspired Economic Issue
MAGALI JULIAN

4. The English Experiment in Market-based Higher Education: Ideology and Reality Disconnected
BAHRAM BEKHRADNIA


PART II - ACCESS AND ADMISSION TO HIGHER EDUCATION

5. Are Admissions Models for Undergraduate Study Converging among Highly Selective Universities in the England and the US?
ANNA MOUNTFORD-ZIMDARS

6. Widening Participation in English Universities: Accessing Social Justice?
SARAH PICKARD

7. Access and the Rise of Accountability in the Governance of Public Universities in the US
CHRISTINE SOULAS


PART III - THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

8. The Quality of the Student’s Learning Experience: A Strategic Dimension of British and American Higher Education Systems in the Early 21st Century
MARIE-AGNÈS DÉTOURBE

9. The Decline in Study Time in British and American Universities: Unravelling the Paradox in Two Knowledge Economies
JAMES CÔTÉ

10. The Student Experience in the UK and US: Two Converging Pictures of Decline?
CHRIS RUST

11. British Students in the Winter Protests: Still a New Social Movement?
CRISTIANA OLCESE AND CLARE SAUNDERS

Index

Readership

University students and academics working on higher education in the UK and/or the USA (political sciences, sociology, public policy), as well as specialist associations, practitioners and policy makers.

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