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Development of New Public Universities: Problems, and Policy Recommendations

Author(s): Selcen ALTINSOY

Journal: Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi
ISSN 2146-5959

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 098;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Higher education | New public universities | Growth strategies | Quality in higher education

Access to higher education and the quality of higher education are two main interrelated issues in higher education sector. As a result of increased student numbers in individual universities and nationwide dissemination of universities with the goal of high access rate, the total number of public and non-profit foundation universities has reached to 165 as of 2011. Although the access to the higher education has increased significantly, the quality of higher education has not increased equally. The need for increasing the quality of higher education and establishing a higher education system that is more sensitive to the student choices through differentiation and specialization policies is clear. Basic policy documents on higher education also point out the need for diversification of supply in higher education for providing competitiveness in the system and for differentiation of higher education institutions from one another in order to meet changing needs of students. New public universities, with accurate developmental strategies, are expected to undertake an important task in local, regional and national development.
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