15：00-17：00, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Market-Based Policies and Higher Education: Assuring and Improving Efficiency and Academic Quality in the University Sector
Room112, RIHE, Hiroshima University
David D. Dill, Professor, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
The expansion of opportunity in higher education and the recognition of the influence of academic research on economic development have motivated policy reforms in many national systems of higher education including Japan. Many of these national reforms involve facilitating market forces in higher education, which is a new context for many universities. What has been learned about the impacts and effects of these policies on the university sector? This seminar will review research on the three primary policy instruments for creating market competition in a sector: policies altering the basic conditions of a market – the framework laws and values within which universities operate; policies affecting market structure — the number of buyers and sellers, the pricing of goods and services, freeing and simulating markets; and policies directly affecting the conduct of buyers and sellers – government regulation and the provision of information. Given the recent regulatory developments in Japanese higher education, the seminar will particularly explore the design of quality assurance policies in the university sector.