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Efficiency in the Further Education Sector in England

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Author(s): Allan Little | Steve Bradley | Jill Johnes

Journal: Advances in Molecular Imaging
ISSN 2161-6728

Volume: 02;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 131;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis | Efficiency | Further Education Sector | Classical Median Problem

ABSTRACT
Further education in England is a diverse sector which typically provides education for the 16 - 19 age group. This study investigates efficiency levels by subject of study within further education (FE) colleges. Mean overall technical efficiency is found to vary from 75% to 86% in the worst- and best-performing subject areas, respectively. Statistical analysis of efficiency reveals that, while student and teacher composition and regional characteristics affect efficiency in each subject, the strength of these effects can vary by subject. This has the clear policy implication that strategies to improve efficiency in English FE must be devised and operated at subject rather than provider level.
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