Journal article

Dynamics of national and global competition in higher education

S Marginson

HIGHER EDUCATION | SPRINGER | Published : 2006

Abstract

The paper explores the dynamics of competition in higher education. National competition and global competition are distinct, but feed into each other. Higher education produces 'positional goods' (Hirsch 1976) that provide access to social prestige and income-earning. Research universities aim to maximise their status as producers of positional goods. This status is a function of student selectivity plus research performance. At system-level competition bifurcates between exclusivist elite institutions that produce highly value positional goods, where demand always exceeds supply and expansion is constrained to maximise status; and mass institutions (profit and non-profit) characterised by ..

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