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Study of HE in FE questions whether students are making ‘informed choices’

Students who undertake higher education in further education colleges may not be making informed choices, according to a major report commissioned by the government.

More than 2,500 students, as well as managers and employers, from 25 colleges across England were interviewed for the report, Understanding Higher Education in Further Education Institutions, which was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Currently around one in 12 higher education students attend further education colleges but the government wants that proportion to increase.

The higher education White Paper, released in June 2011, argued for a “greater diversity of provision”, including “more higher education in further education colleges”.

The survey finds that colleges provide smaller class sizes and more teaching hours than universities, and are also slightly more cost-effective #see boxes, below#, but adds that it is “questionable” whether their students had made “an informed choice of institution”.

“Most had no, or very limited, experience of universities, and they were largely unaware or indifferent to what they could offer,” the study concludes.

via Times Higher Education – Study of HE in FE questions whether students are making ‘informed choices’.

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