Massification of Higher Education and the Nature of the Student Population

  • Carolyn KaganEmail author
  • John Diamond
Part of the Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections book series (REUNCOPOCO)


This chapter examines some of the policy drivers for community engagement. Policies and practices targeting an increase of diversity in the (often local) student body during a period of massification of higher education are examined with reference to aspects of widening participation. The AimHigher initiative is explored in some detail and progress towards ensuring the student population reflects to wider population are explored. The moves towards lifelong learning with its associated continuing professional development are discussed in the context of meeting community needs for higher education.


Widening participation AimHigher Lifelong learning Continuing professional development Massification Inclusion Diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

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