High Participation Systems of Higher Education

ISBN : 9780198828877

Brendan Cantwell; Simon Marginson; Anna Smolentseva
496 ページ
189 x 246 mm
  • Comparative scope, with broadly contrasting examples from America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific
  • Data analysis and original theorising supported by sustained empirical scrutiny and testing
  • Addresses several important aspects of higher education, government policy, and crucial issues such as inequality and social exclusion
  • Draws on research of sixteen contributors working in eight countries
  • Consistent writing style designed to be read in entirety as a single narrative

Higher Education has become a central institution of society, building individual knowledge, skills, agency, and relational social networks at unprecedented depth and scale. Within a generation there has been an extraordinary global expansion of Higher Education, in every region in all but the poorest countries, outstripping economic growth and deriving primarily from familial aspirations for betterment. By focusing on the systems and countries that have already achieved near universal participation, High Participation Systems of Higher Education explores this remarkable transformation. 

The world enrolment ratio, now rising by 10 per cent every decade, is approaching 40 per cent, mostly in degree-granting institutions, including three quarters of young people in North America and Europe. Higher Education systems in the one in three countries that enrol more than 50 per cent are here classified as 'high participation systems'.

Part I of the book measures, maps, and explains the growth of participation, and the implications for society and Higher Education itself. Drawing on a wide range of literature and data, the chapters theorize the changes in governance, institutional diversity, and stratification in Higher Education systems, and the subsequent effects in educational and social equity. The theoretical propositions regarding high-participation Higher Education developed in these chapters are then tested in the country case studies in Part II, presenting a comprehensive enquiry into the nature of the emerging 'high participation society'.


Worldwide Tendencies
1: High participation systems (HPS) of higher education, Simon Marginson
2: Comparative data on high participation systems, Patrick Clancy and Simon Marginson
3: Governance, Brendan Cantwell, Rómulo Pinheiro, and Marek Kwiek
4: Horizontal diversity, Dominik Antonowicz, Brendan Cantwell, Isak Froumin, Glen A. Jones, Simon Marginson, and Rómulo Pinheiro
5: Vertical stratification, Brendan Cantwell and Simon Marginson
6: Equity, Simon Marginson
7: High participation society, Anna Smolentseva

Country Cases
8: Decentralization, provincial systems, and the challenge of equity: High participation higher education in Canada, Glen A. Jones
9: Broad access and steep stratification in the first mass system: High participation higher education in the United States of America, Brendan Cantwell
10: Regulated isomorphic competition and the middle layer of institutions: High participation higher education in Australia, Simon Marginson
11: Stratification by the state and the market: High participation higher education in Russia, Anna Smolentseva, Isak Froumin, David L. Konstantinovskiy, and Mikhail Lisyutkin
12: Building a new society and economy: High participation higher education in Poland, Marek Kwiek
13: Reproducing social equality across the generations: The Nordic model of high participation higher education in Finland, Jussi Välimaa and Reetta Muhonen
14: Balancing efficiency and equity in a welfare state setting: High participation higher education in Norway, Rómulo Pinheiro and Bjørn Stensaker
15: Towards universal access amid demographic decline: High participation higher education in Japan, Akiyoshi Yonezawa and Futao Huang
16: Conclusions: High participation higher education in the post-Trow era, Brendan Cantwell, Simon Marginson, and Anna Smolentseva


Edited by Brendan Cantwell, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education, and Director of ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London, and Anna Smolentseva, Senior Researcher, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Dr Brendan Cantwell is an associate professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education in Michigan State University's Department of Educational Administration. His research, which has been published in a variety of journals and books, addresses the political economy of higher education. Dr Cantwell is a co-editor of The Handbook of Politics of Higher Education (with Hamish Coates and Roger King) and is a Coordinating Editor for the journal Higher Education.

Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education at University College London in the UK, Director of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education. CGHE is a government-research partnership of five UK and eight international universities with 16 projects on global, national, and local aspects of higher education. Professor Marginson's research and published scholarship are focused on the global and international dimensions of higher education, on national system dynamics, and on higher education and social equality.

Dr Anna Smolentseva is a senior researcher at the Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She is a sociologist who works on the changing role of higher education in societies, educational inequality, and transformations in post-socialist higher education systems. Dr Smolentseva received a PhD in sociology from Moscow State University. She has been a recipient of a US National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship, Fulbright New Century Scholar grant, and a visiting scholar at the CSHPE at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an author of a number of publications in Russian and English.

Dominik Antonowicz: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Patrick Clancy: University College Dublin
Isak Froumin: National Research University, Higher School of Economics
Futao Huang: Hiroshima University
Glen A. Jones: University of Toronto
David L. Konstantinovskiy: Russian Academy of Sciences 
Marek Kwiek: University of Poznan
Mikhail Lisyutkin: National Research University, Higher School of Economics
Reetta Muhonen: University of Tampere
Rómulo Pinheiro: University of Agder 
Bjørn Stensaker: University of Oslo
Jussi Välimaa: University of Jyväskylä
Akiyoshi Yonezawa: Tohoku University