Private company to offer degrees

The Financial Times reports:

"A private sector company has been granted the power to award degrees for the first time, provoking complaints about the "privatisation" of education.

The news that a subsidiary of education company BPP has been given the go-ahead also suggests that universities could face stiff competition as the private sector moves in on their turf."

Private universities are nothing new, whether the great American institutions or Buckingham University here in the UK, but now the BPP College of Professional Studies has become the first company to gain the power to offer degrees.  This expansion of a university system accountable to the students who attend universities rather than politicians in Whitehall has to be a good thing.  It might force public universities to up their game as well.

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