Opinion: Trickle up: only the elite will benefit from fee deregulation August 20, 2014 Murdoch University’s Dr Janice Dudley questions Professor Ian Young’s recent announcement that fee deregulation will have a positive effect on universities in her piece in The Conversation. Professor Young is the Chair of the Group of Eight Universities that will look at opportunities to ‘downsize’ to teach fewer students while increasing the amount spent on each student. As they enrol fewer students, those who might otherwise have enrolled or aspired to a Group of Eight university will be available to ‘lower tier’ institutions and we will have a system in which everybody wins. Dr Dudley argues that rather than distributing wealth and opportunity across the community, the ‘trickle-down or flow across effect’ will merely serve to concentrate wealth and opportunity in the already privileged segments of society and is thus regressive rather than progressive, leading to a hierarchy of institutions. Dr Dudley sees this new hierarchy of institutions as benefiting some more than others, as is the very nature of competition. There will be winners and losers. Read more in Dr Dudley’s piece. Janice Dudley is the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the School of Management and Governance and is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies. Print This Post Media contact: Natalie Hailes-Phakos Tel: | Mobile: | Email: N.Hailes-Phakos@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Teaching and Learning Tags: fee deregulation, higher education deregulation Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!