‘It’s just not worth a damn!: investigating perceptions of the value in attending university

Cook, Steve and Watson, Duncan and Webb, Rob (2018) ‘It’s just not worth a damn!: investigating perceptions of the value in attending university. Studies in Higher Education . ISSN 1470-174X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in on Studies in Higher Education, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2018.1434616"
Keywords: Higher education; Graduate premium; Massification; Attitudes; Underpayment
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1434616
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 08:57
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 06:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49747

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