Graduate expansion leads to reduction in quality

Personnel
managers believe the UK is producing too many graduates and that quality is
suffering as a result, according to research by the Association of Graduate
Recruiters (AGR).

The
survey of 215 personnel managers who recruit graduates showed that 60 per cent
believed the expansion of higher education was leading to lower-quality graduates
leaving university.

The Government
aims to get 50 per cent of young people into higher education by 2010. The
current rate is 43 per cent.

Recruiters
are split on the question of top-up fees for students, with half believing it
is right that students should contribute to their studies, dependent on their
ability to pay.

By
Ross Wigham

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