European higher education policy and its influences in Greece, before and during the economic crisis

Issue 26

“European higher education policy and its influences in Greece, before and during the economic crisis”

Eleni Prokou

Pages: 143 –  173

Abstract

The argument of this article is that the shift from “equality of educational opportunities” to “quality” in higher education in Europe has been expressed through the emphasis in economic efficiency/effectiveness and university “output”, reduction of state funding, attribution of the responsibility for learning to the individual, state control from a distance, the creation of the “market driven” university. These policies have been promoted by the Bologna Process (European Higher Education Area) and the Lisbon Strategy (European Research Area), which have influenced member-states (e.g. Greece) and have thus “facilitated” imperatives
of cuts in expenditure on higher education at times of crisis

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