Critical Issues in Higher Education

  • Michael Kompf
  • Pamela M. Denicolo

Part of the Critical Issues in The Future of Learning and Teaching book series (CIFL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Learners

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Patrick Tierney
      Pages 37-49
    3. Ewelina K. Niemczyk
      Pages 51-66
    4. Catherine O’rourke
      Pages 67-81
  3. Learning

  4. Governance

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-268

About this book


The ideas and papers in this volume primarily showcase the work of a group of new scholars who will lead the next generation of educational practise and inquiry. While the topics explored are critical issues, the ways in which these new scholars have chosen to address them illustrates the diversity of voice, venue and value that has led them to present their work. Education and what it means has entered a new era in which the primary focus on education for the sake of education is strained. An educational free-for-all, in the sense of a no-holds-barred fight, seems in place as competition for market share, effective branding exercises and movement towards a client-based delivery of educational services (on demand as demanded) has been fuelled and compounded by litigation, accreditation, transfer credits and matters of patents, copyrights, ownership and monopoly. The link between education and financial well-being has been co-opted as the key to personal success. Unfortunately, the degree pursuit, often called the “paper chase” has become competitive for learners seeking scholarships, awards and entry into graduate school. This transition indicates movement from becoming well educated to employability potential paralleling much institutional retooling and sustenance of enhanced reputation and fiscal viability.


“paper chase” higher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Kompf
    • 1
  • Pamela M. Denicolo
    • 2
  1. 1.Brock UniversityOntarioCanada
  2. 2.University of SurreyUK

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