The book brings together a selection of articles published over the life of the Universities/Higher Education Quarterly, celebrating its Fiftieth Anniversary as the oldest higher education journal in the world. The articles highlight both the continuity of some policy dilemmas in higher education and the extent to which some could have been eliminated if government or other authorities had listened more carefully to alternative views. Contributors to the Quarterly commented on all the most important higher education issues of the day, including most notably the Robbins Report and the creation of the polytechnics, and the selection provides a critical overview of the development of university and higher education over the post–War period. The selection is preceded by an introduction which sets the articles into a historical context and which describes the policy issues which lie behind them.
The Creation of the British University System: Michael Shattock (University of Warwick).
Part I: There is no University ′System′ in Britain: .
1. The Universities and the Government: Ernest Simon.
2. A Historical Document: Statement by the Committee of Vice–Chancellors and Principals 1946: Editorial.
3. Student Numbers 1911 to 1971: Ernest Simon.
4. University Admissions: Report of an Inquiry: R. K. Kelsall.
5. British Universities and Intellectual Life: A. H. Halsey.
6. The Growth of Higher Education: S. Zuckerman.
7. Too Few Academic Eggs: B. V. Bowden.
8. Observations on the American University: Edward Shils.
Part II: Robbins and After: .
9. First Reactions to the Robbins Report: Charles Morris.
10. The Academic Hierarchy: Robbins, Appendix Three: A. H. Halsey.
11. A Question of Size and Shape: Martin Trow.
12. Review of the Uses of the University : Charles Morris.
13. Notes on New Univerisities: British and American: David Riesman.
14. Dualism in Higher Education: Peter Venables.
15. The Education of Ministers of State: Alec Merrison.
Part III: The Assertion of State Control: .
16. University Financing 1979–86: Peter Moore.
17. Academic Standards and Mass Higher Education: Martin Trow.
18. Policy on Higher Education and Research: Peter Swinnerton–Dyer.
19. Elegant and Democratic Values: Will the New English Universities Gel: Christopher Price.
20. Reflections on the British Government and Higher Education: Richard Bird.
21. The White Paper – Higher Education: A New Framework: Editorial.