The correspondence of public perceptions of graduates’ life chances and university departmental funding

Swami, Viren and Furnham, Adrian and Haubner, Tanja and Stieger, Stefan and Voracek, Martin (2010) The correspondence of public perceptions of graduates’ life chances and university departmental funding. Higher Education, 59 (1). pp. 105-113. ISSN 0018-1560

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-009-9237-6

Abstract

Very little prior research has examined public perceptions of research funding and the life chances associated with various fields of study. In the present task, 315 members of the Austrian general public rated 34 higher-education courses in terms of funding cuts or increases, and the perceived life chances of graduates, respectively. The results showed a high degree of correspondence in the ratings of both questionnaires. Overall, professional and biological stream courses were rated the most favourably, whereas arts and humanities courses were rated the least favourably. Participants’ demographic variables had little influence on their decisions. The implications of these findings for the way higher education is managed and organised are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 09:01
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2011 09:01
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/9700

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