Let’s undo the great mistake – make university tuition free

The deeper story here is what I call “the great mistake” in higher education policy. This occurs when a government mistreats a public good as a private good… we start a devolutionary cycle of knock-on effects. Unpayable student debt is one, the elevated stress and dissatisfaction of “generation regret” is another. More inequality among institutions is a third, as many widening participation-focused universities struggle to recruit students who are mopped up by richer, more selective universities. And if graduate numbers fall, as the latest UCAS statistics suggest could be possible, then overall workforce productivity will be lowered.

Read full article [here].
by Christopher Newfield, The Guardian.

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