July 25, 2007

Fees 'fail to benefit students'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6915289.stm

Both the NUS and the UCU assert that the introduction of top-up fees has not improved the university experience. NUS vice-president Wes Streeting observes that students who pay fees are in many ways customers or consumers, but have very few of the rights which consumers of other goods and services take for granted.

What I find interesting about the report is the quoted government response:-

However, the government says statistics from the university admissions service, Ucas, indicate higher fees are not putting students off going to university.

Okay, but that’s not the assertion at hand; if the question is “Has the educational experience improved?” then the answer “Higher fees do not put students off” is at best a non-sequitur, and at worst a slightly unpleasant suggestion that improvements or the lack of them don’t actually matter as long as the numbers don’t worsen.


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