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Title: 'It's just not worth a damn!' Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university
Author(s): Cook, Steve
Watson, Duncan
Webb, Rob
Keywords: Higher education
graduate premium
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Cook S, Watson D & Webb R (2019) 'It's just not worth a damn!' Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university. Studies in Higher Education, 44 (7), pp. 1256-1267.
Abstract: Mass expansion of the UK Higher Education (HE) sector is eroding its well-documented benefits – leading many to question whether HE remains worthwhile. Avoiding the traditional approach of estimating the returns to HE, we investigate why many now feel that attending university will not yield any financial benefits. Using BSA data from 2010 we find that this negativity is being driven by perceived lack of graduate job prospects, the rise in tuition fees and wage underpayment. We conclude that this may well fuel uncertainty and reduce demand for HE from lower socio-economic groups while increasing intra class conflict in higher socio-economic groups.
DOI Link: 10.1080/03075079.2018.1434616
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Studies in Higher Education on 09 Feb 2018, available online:
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