Thursday, September 13, 2012

The OECD Looks at Higher Ed

England's tuition-fee reforms of 2006 produced the most "advanced" student-support system of any developed nation and have not deterred poorer students, while low-fee nations such as France, Spain and Italy are performing poorly.
Those were the among the messages from analysis by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, accompanying its latest survey of educational statistics in its 34 member states.
The annual report, Education at a Glance 2012, which mainly looks back to data from 2009, shows that the US lost its lead as the biggest spender on higher education.
The US spent 2.6 per cent of its gross domestic product on higher education institutions in 2009, down from 2.8 per cent in 2005. Drawing level was South Korea, which also spent 2.6 per cent, up from 2.3 per cent in 2005. Close behind was Chile, spending 2.5 per cent (2010 figures), up from 1.8 per cent in 2005.


Anonymous said...

The situation is completely blocked; even the equalitarian idea of fees being associated with parents' income can push through. In the meanwhile, tuition fees are NOT the big problem for French students, housing is. Since there is very little campus housing and students are a captive market, 1° costs are extremely high for middle class families 2° this is preventing working class students from attending school where they are admitted (or even attemting to pursue these paths), effectively preventing them from pursuing studies for which they're qualified.
These are bigger problem than a tuition increase, in my opinion.

On the other hand, if American students are cash-strapped, don't mind the crappy conditions, and have an AP French score of 5, they can attend French universities basically tuition-free (I think it's about $160 for the year). Same thing for the BTS scheme, which IS tuition-free to those admitted. (It's a technical degree with a lot of classes.)

Anonymous said...

*Can'T push through, sorry.