Efficient programme supply in Higher Education

The regulations to which higher education institutions are subjected when starting new degree programmes are heavily debated. Apart from meeting quality standards, institutions that have plans to start a new programme are asked to submit evidence to the Education Ministry that the programme meets a real demand and does not lead to unnecessary duplications in the programmes on offer already. Here, institutions’ interests (e.g. securing more students and thereby more resources) may conflict with the public interest (i.e. securing a broad and efficient supply of programmes in a region, attention by providers for programmes that are important from a social point of view). CHEPS will assist in the writing of discussion papers for feeding the debates between ministry of Education and other ministries (Finance, Economic Affairs, Agriculture) on this issue. The debates are closely related to the issue of steering and regulation in higher education.

Researcher involved: Hans Vossensteyn