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Higher Education as a tool of social mobility: Reforming the delivery of HE and measuring professional graduate output success

This paper looks at current government policy on social mobility with particular reference to higher education. It suggests that government policy over a substantial number of years has been too limited in scope, focusing narrowly on university entrance for 'non-traditional' students rather than their subsequent academic and job success.

The paper proposes more comprehensive and ambitious policy objectives, and outlines how simple funding levers or competitive pressure could be used to achieve the desired outcomes. It also questions the limited objectives of undergraduate higher education in an increasingly demanding and rapidly changing global marketplace, and suggests that universities should be encouraged to support much wider skills development in their graduates.

The paper recommends ways in which greater social mobility can be delivered in a highly cost-effective way, including the creation of a simple new index, using data already available, called the Social Mobility Graduate Index. This can be used to monitor the success of universities in preparing all graduates for professional employment, and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Author(s): Professor Michael Brown

Other Publishers: CentreForum

Production date: 2014

How to obtain: Download Reforming the delivery of HE and measuring professional graduate output success

Communities: Diversity, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance, Employability, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM)

Audiences: Careers practitioners

Format: Web



Tags: widening access graduate labour market widening participation social mobility

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