How English universities could learn from the American higher education system

Universities should be freed from bureaucratic state control to create a British 'Ivy League'

At the IEA today, Sir Cyril Taylor*, Chancellor of Richmond University, will launch his new report** on British higher education reform. Taylor believes that there are a number of lessons the UK could learn from the US and, as a result, we could create a British "Ivy League" and raise participation rates towards US levels. The author recommends the following:

- Like their US counterparts, UK universities should be free of state control. They should set their own tuition fees, student numbers and their particular educational focus. It is unacceptable, argues the author, that British universities have their numbers capped, both generally and by subject, by the government. Artificially imposed limits on student fees should be abolished.

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