Unit costs: Some explanations of the differences between UK universities

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Considerable interest is currently being shown in the funding of university education. The UK university sector has suffered a series of major cuts in public funding since 1980, and these have been accompanied by demands for higher standards and increased efficiency. Policy statements issued during the present decade have frequently emphasized the need for methods of assessing the performance of universities. The comparison of universities on the basis of their performance, it is argued, would lead to a more efficient use of resources: The essentials of performance measurement in education are to introduce into considerations of policy and the management of the education system at national and institutional level some concrete information on the extent to which the benefits expected from education expenditure are actually secured, and to facilitate comparisons in terms of effectiveness and efficiency as between various parts of the system and as between different points in time (DES, 1987a, p. 49).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-862
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes


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