Doing the dirty work of higher education?
The next talk in the Sydney Ideas series is by Professor Gareth Parry, Professor of Education at The University of Sheffield. In the age of near-universal access, what should be the division of labour between colleges and universities? Fifty years ago, the distinguished American scholar Burton Clark described colleges as doing much of the dirty work of higher education. As open-door institutions, they transferred some students to selective universities and persuaded the rest in strongly vocational directions.
This free talk will explore the issues of access and equity posed by a larger role for universities in widening participation and by new remits for colleges and schools in higher education. This is a timely topic given the University’s commitment to broadening participation in higher education articulated in the White Paper.
Professor Parry’s research focuses on policy reform and system change in tertiary education. He was a research consultant to the Dearing committee of inquiry into higher education in the UK (1996-97) and the Foster review of further education colleges in England (2004-05).
The talk will be introduced by Professor Trevor Gale, Director National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. It will be held on Tuesday 5 October 2010 at 4.00pm followed by drinks and canapés from 5.00pm - 6.00pm in the New Law School Foyer, University of Sydney. RSVP by Tuesday 21 September 2010 or (02) 8627 8456.[close]
The next talk in the Sydney Ideas series is by Professor Gareth Parry, Professor of Education at The University of Sheffield. In the age of near-universal access, what should be...[more]