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THE ACADEMIC NUCLEAR OPTION

By David Vance On February 3rd, 2012

Should Universities be government controlled laboratories for social engineering? 

Universities should be hit with the “nuclear” option of huge financial penalties for failing to recruit enough students from poor backgrounds, the Government’s new fair access tsar has warned. In an outspoken attack, Prof Les Ebdon said he would use the toughest possible sanctions against institutions that consistently fall short of demanding admissions targets, including a ban on charging £9,000 tuition fees. The academic – named as the Coalition’s preferred choice as head of the Office for Fair Access – suggested that universities belonging to the elite Russell Group faced the biggest challenges because they had a “mixed” record on admitting deprived students.

My view is that this manipulation of the demographic intake of of our Universities is counter-productive. Trying to terrorise the Campus into taking in just the right amount of the “poor” is profoundly anti meritocratic and thus contemptible. But the leftist ideologues just love the idea of tampering, twisting, contorting.

2 Responses to “THE ACADEMIC NUCLEAR OPTION”

  1. “Universities should be hit with the “nuclear” option of huge financial penalties for failing to recruit enough students from poor backgrounds, the Government’s new fair access tsar has warned.”

    Still happy with your choice, Tory-voting chumps?

    Again – yet again – we see how politics pollutes and corrupts everything it touches. This is no more insane than the state’s ‘fair access czar’ (shoots self in head – PM) threatening Tesco with fines if it doesn’t attract more working class shoppers.

    I will say it clearly: the state has no business meddling in education, none at all. This is just another reason why.

  2. “PM) threatening Tesco with fines if it doesn’t attract more working class shoppers.”

    Working class shoppers would be a huge step-up at my local tesco.

    Currently two of the hottest items at the store are KNUCKLE PADS & Buckfast Tonic Wine.