Standards fall as HE growth outstrips postgrad study

The average lecturer around the world has only a bachelor degree because postgraduate study has not kept up with global growth in undergraduate enrolment, according to a leading higher education expert, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.

Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College in the United States, also warned that low pay meant that academia was an unattractive profession to highly qualified people globally.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education, held in Newport, South Wales, on 11 December, he said that the dramatic growth in higher education worldwide had caused a “lowering of quality” in most countries.
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