More public funding for higher ed associated with fewer graduates: IHE

August 12, 2019

A new study has found that countries that provide more public funding for higher education tend to have fewer graduates overall, reports Inside Higher Ed. Researchers for the study reportedly compared 45 high-income member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and found that countries that had a greater share of higher education funding from public sources tended to have a smaller share of the 25-to-34-year-old population with tertiary education. They argue that this means that expanding public funding for a country leads to fewer graduates, but acknowledge that factors such as loans and contextual differences between countries are not included in the data. Inside Higher Ed (International)