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‘It’s just not worth a damn!’ Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university

‘It’s just not worth a damn!’ Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university Mass expansion of the UK Higher Education (HE) sector is eroding its well-documented benefits – leading many to question whether HE remains worthwhile. Avoiding the traditional approach of estimating the returns to HE, we investigate why many now feel that attending university will not yield any financial benefits. Using BSA data from 2010 we find that this negativity is being driven by perceived lack of graduate job prospects, the rise in tuition fees and wage underpayment. We conclude that this may well fuel uncertainty and reduce demand for HE from lower socio-economic groups while increasing intra class conflict in higher socio-economic groups. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Higher Education Taylor & Francis

‘It’s just not worth a damn!’ Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university

Studies in Higher Education , Volume 44 (7): 12 – Feb 9, 2018

‘It’s just not worth a damn!’ Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university

Studies in Higher Education , Volume 44 (7): 12 – Feb 9, 2018

Abstract

Mass expansion of the UK Higher Education (HE) sector is eroding its well-documented benefits – leading many to question whether HE remains worthwhile. Avoiding the traditional approach of estimating the returns to HE, we investigate why many now feel that attending university will not yield any financial benefits. Using BSA data from 2010 we find that this negativity is being driven by perceived lack of graduate job prospects, the rise in tuition fees and wage underpayment. We conclude that this may well fuel uncertainty and reduce demand for HE from lower socio-economic groups while increasing intra class conflict in higher socio-economic groups.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2018 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN
1470-174X
eISSN
0307-5079
DOI
10.1080/03075079.2018.1434616
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Abstract

Mass expansion of the UK Higher Education (HE) sector is eroding its well-documented benefits – leading many to question whether HE remains worthwhile. Avoiding the traditional approach of estimating the returns to HE, we investigate why many now feel that attending university will not yield any financial benefits. Using BSA data from 2010 we find that this negativity is being driven by perceived lack of graduate job prospects, the rise in tuition fees and wage underpayment. We conclude that this may well fuel uncertainty and reduce demand for HE from lower socio-economic groups while increasing intra class conflict in higher socio-economic groups.

Journal

Studies in Higher EducationTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 9, 2018

Keywords: Higher education; graduate premium; massification; attitudes; underpayment

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