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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-17, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/glossary/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2017.

 

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Higher education


core definition

Higher education is usually viewed as education leading to at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


explanatory context

There is variation from country to country as to what is counted as higher education. In some places, some pre-bachelor degree equivalent study is counted as higher education.


analytical review

One view is that:

Higher education: Part of tertiary education leading to a degree or equivalent diploma. (Campbell & Rozsnyai, 2002, p. 132)

 

A decade ago, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (2003) defined higher education in the British context as:

Higher education courses are generally above the standard of GCE A-levels or National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3. They include degree courses, postgraduate courses and Higher National Diplomas. Higher education takes place in universities and higher education colleges, and in some further education colleges.

The definition changed (HEFCE, 2011):

Higher education courses are programmes leading to qualifications, or credits which can be counted towards qualifications, which are above the standard of GCE A-levels or other Level 3 qualifications. They include degree courses, postgraduate courses and Higher National Diplomas. Higher education takes place in universities and higher education colleges, and in some further education colleges.

The definition and has changed again (HEFCE, undated):

Higher education courses are programmes leading to qualifications, or credits which can be counted towards qualifications, which are above the standard of GCE A-levels or other Level 3 qualifications. They include degree courses, postgraduate courses and sub-degree courses such as those leading to HNCs or HNDs.

 

For AEC (2004), higher education is:

Education which is carried out after the typical period of school-based training and at a demonstrably higher level. Students typically enter higher education at around 18, although higher education may form part of lifelong learning. Although the professional aspect of higher education is increasingly important, higher education has traditionally been seen as entailing intellectual activity of a relatively advanced nature for its own sake


associated issues


related areas

See also

further education


Sources

Association europeenne des conservatoires [Academies de musique et musikhochschulen] (AEC), 2004, Glossary of terms used in relation to the Bologna Declaration http://www.aecinfo.org/glossary%20and%20faq%20english.pdf, accessed September 2004. Not available at this address 31 January 2011.

Campbell, C. & Rozsnyai, C., 2002, Quality Assurance and the Development of Course Programmes. Papers on Higher Education Regional University Network on Governance and Management of Higher Education in South East Europe Bucharest, UNESCO.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), 2003, About us: Glossary  http://www.hefce.ac.uk/glossary/glossary.htm Updated 3 January 2003, no longer avialable, see HEFCE (2011).

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), 2011, About us: Glossary, available at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/aboutus/glossary/glossary.htm, updated 7 September 2011, accessed 16 January 2012. No longer at this address, see HEFCE (undated).

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), undated, Glossary, available at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/glossary/, accessed 31 December 2016.


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