Ashish Jaiswal (Associate Fellow)
Andrew M. Boggs (http://oxford.academia.edu/AndrewBoggs) is a Policy Adviser with Universities UK, heading the Higher Education Better Regulation Group (http://www.hebetterregulation.ac.uk), and a doctoral candidate in higher education policy and history in the Oxford University Department of Education (2008-2012). He is a Master of Arts in higher education theory and policy (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2007). He served as a senior policy advisor on university issues with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (1999-2007) during which time he was awarded the Government of Ontario Amethyst Award for Excellence in Public Service (2006). Before beginning his doctorate, Andrew was Research Director with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (2007-2008). He is the founding chair of the Oxford Student Higher Education Research Group (2009-2011) and was a founding member of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for the Study of Students in Postsecondary Education, University of Toronto. He is published on a range of university policy issues, including university governance, student fee policy, and assessment of teaching quality in higher education.
Geoffrey Alderman studied history at Oxford, where he completed his BA and DPhil. From 1972 until 1994 he taught history and politics in the University of London, at which in 1989 he was promoted to a Personal Chair. From 1989 until 1994 he was Chairman of the Academic Council of the University of London and (1992-93) Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Standards. In 1994 he accepted appointment as quality supremo at Middlesex University, where he became Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality & Standards). In 1999 he crossed the Atlantic to become Vice-President of Touro College, New York, and in 2002 he re-crossed the Atlantic to become Senior Vice-President of American InterContinental University – London. In June 2007 he was appointed Michael Gross Professor of Politics & Contemporary History at the University of Buckingham. Professor Alderman has written extensively on the management and mismanagement of quality and standards in higher education on both sides of the Atlantic. It was as a result of his Buckingham inaugural lecture in 2008 (“Teaching Quality Assessment, League Tables and the decline of academic standards in British Higher Education”) that the House of Commons launched a major investigation into these matters; the report of this inquiry forms the backdrop to current debate and policy formation on these issues. Professor Alderman holds a number of emeritus and visiting professorships both in the UK and the USA. In 2006 the University of Oxford conferred on him the advanced degree of Doctor of Letters.
In the Summer of 2006 the OxCHEPS Visiting Fellow was Professor Joseph Russo, the Director of Student Financial Strategies at the University of Notre Dame, USA, where he has led the student aid operation since 1978. He holds an undergraduate degree in English and a Master's in Higher Education Administration. He is the co-author of two books published by The Princeton Review/Random House, one with a Notre Dame professor on financing graduate school, and the other with his counterpart at Duke University on saving for college. He has also served as the Editor of the Journal of Student Financial Aid since 1986 for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and has published numerous articles on student aid. His career of 41 years has involved three institutions, one of which was a two year community college in the State University of NY. He taught a graduate level course in student aid administration while at Notre Dame and has served in training capacities for the College Board and the US Department of Education. He has also testified before the US Congress on two different occasions. His primary role as an OxCHEPS Fellow was to provide a comparison of the US system of tuition fee pricing and student aid with that of the UK. His effort reviews the political history and the growth of the profession, sketches the development of policy from both the government and institution perspective, provides some level of detail for the practical side of the process, all within a context framed by the democratic aspirations and challenges of American society including some thoughts on future issues likely to be faced. Professor Russo does not hesitate to offer his honest observations, suggesting plenty of good questions: the Report will be at the Papers Page in due course. Part of the support for his efforts at OxCHEPS has been funded by NASFAA.
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In the first half of 2002/03 the OxCHEPS Visiting Fellow was Professor John Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley. John is an expert on the historical evolution of the State of California's renowned HE system (see reviews of his 'The California Idea' at http://ishi.lib.berkeley.edu/cshe/jdouglass/book/reviews.html) and is heavily involved in a new IT project 'Building Institutional Memory: Creating the New University of California Digital Archive' (see http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/uchistory/). He is also co-director of a project on 'Assessing Student Engagement: Preliminary Results of a New University of California Study on the Undergraduate Experience' (see http://ishi.lib.berkeley.edu/cshe/seru21/). While at OxCHEPS John explored trends in European HE systems, and completed a book on the role of autonomy within the research university. He contributed to OxCHEPS seminars on 'affirmative action' in US HEIs and on the promotion of technology-transfer in US HE: his contribution to a OxCHEPS Conference can be seen amongst the Conference Papers at the 'Papers' Page of this web-site.
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In the Summer of 2003 the OxCHEPS Visiting Fellow was Professor William Hoye, Associate Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, University of Notre Dame, USA. His academic work is on the tort liability of HEIs towards their students, and especially in the context of study abroad programmes. He will be contributing to the OxCHEPS Seminar Series and to the OxCHEPS Occasional Papers (see Item 17).
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OxCHEPS welcomes Professor Ted Tapper, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Sussex, as a Visiting Fellow for five years from 2003/2004. Ted has spent his academic career examining the educational policy-making process in the United Kingdom. Much of his early work analysed the political struggles surrounding what has become known as the independent sector of schooling. The theoretical dimension to this work examined the relationship between the state and the market in the provision of social goods with, of course, education as the focus.
His recent research has followed the same theoretical path but has developed his interests in the role of ideas in the process of educational change and why the governance of the British system of higher education has shifted dramatically in recent years. His major books on higher education are: The State and Higher Education (co-authored with Brian Salter and published by Woburn Press in 1994) and Oxford and the Decline of the Collegiate Tradition (co-authored with David Palfreyman and published by Woburn Press in 2000).
While at OxCHEPS Ted will be putting together (with David Palfreyman) a text that examines comparatively the politics of access to higher education. The text will trace the differing political pressures generated by the movement towards mass systems of higher education and, more especially, how the costs of mass higher education are to be met. The intention is to show how global pressures for change are interpreted with different national contexts. It is expected that this text on the politics of access will be followed by others that analyse comparatively the changing characteristics of higher education within the context of mass systems – finance/funding, academic freedom/governance, research… He also intends to continue a longstanding interest in unravelling the process of diversification amongst HEIs in Britain. The key issues are to see whether diversification is the inevitable consequence of the move towards a mass system of higher education and whether diversification will intensify institutional stratification. (This book is now available as Understanding Mass Higher Education: Comparative perspectives on access see the 'Resources' Page on this website.)
It can be expected that Ted will make further contributions to the OxCHEPS Occasional Papers and assist in developing Centre’s contacts with other policy institutes both in the UK and overseas. See Ted’s articles as Items 6, 11, 19 and 27 of the Papers Page at this Site. With David Palfreyman and Scott Thomas (Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia), Ted Tapper is to be a Series Editor for the 12-volumes on ‘Comparative International Higher Education’ (2008 onwards, RoutledgeFalmer/Taylor & Francis).
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OxCHEPS also welcomed from January 2005 for 6 months Professor Karen Arnold as a Visiting Fellow while she wrote up research on Rhodes Scholars. Karen is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Higher Education Program at Boston College. Her books on talent development in higher education include Lives of Promise: What Becomes of High School Valedictorians (Jossey-Bass 1995); Remarkable Women: Perspectives on Female Talent Development, with Kathleen Noble and Rena Subotnik (Hampton Press 1996); and Beyond Terman: Contemporary Longitudinal Studies of Giftedness and Talent , with Rena Subotnik (Ablex 1994). She directs the Illinois Valedictorian Project, a 25-year longitudinal study of academically talented students. Dr. Arnold is also co-Principal Investigator of a major study on generations of U.S. Rhodes Scholars. Funded by the Spencer, Mellon, and Hewlett Foundations, the project investigates the role of American universities in producing public leaders over the past half-century. Her Rhodes project is summarised as Item 26 of the Papers page at this site.
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Dr Dennis Farrington joins OxCHEPS for the foreseeable future as the joint organiser (with David Palfreyman) of the OxCHEPS Higher and Further Education Law Network and as a participant in the OxCHEPS:Stetson University Law School Comparative UK:US Higher Education Law Round Table.
Dennis graduated with a BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Kent (1969) and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the New University of Ulster (1972) for research into the chemistry of phthalocyanine compounds. He subsequently took the degrees of LLB (1980) and LLM (1985) in Law from the University of London and the University of Hull, respectively, and the Advanced Diploma in Educational Management from the Open University (1986).
From 1972 to 1981 he was employed in government service, then for twenty years in university administration at Hull and Stirling. He was co-editor (with F T Mattison) of the first modern textbook on higher education law in the UK (1990), and sole author of The Law of Higher Education (1994, 1998)- see now, 2006, Farrington & Palfreyman, The Law of Higher Education (Oxford University Press). He also served as Secretary to the Conference of University Administrators in the 1980's. He joined the SEE University Foundation Switzerland in 2000 and was the first Secretary-General of the SEE University from February 2002 to August 2004; he is now a consultant with projects in Macedonia, Albania and the UK.
Since 1994 he has also been working as a consultant with the Council of Europe, starting in Albania and advising in 12 other countries, culminating in major projects in education reform in Kosovo (2000-2002) (in association with UNMIK and the World Bank) and currently in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and the Russian Federation. He has written material for the Council of Europe, UNESCO, UNESCO-CEPES, OECD, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the British Council, the Education Law Association (US), the European Association for Education Law and Policy and the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of the UK.
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Roger Brown has recently retired as Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, where he is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education Policy. He was previously Chief Executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, Chief Executive of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, and Secretary of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council. He has served on many national committees and boards. He has written a book Quality Assurance in Higher Education: The UK Experience since 1992 (2004), and many articles and lectures on different aspects of HE policy. He is currently a Visiting Professor or equivalent at Liverpool Hope University, London Metropolitan University, Napier University Edinburgh, the University of East London, and the University of Southampton.
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OxCHEPS also welcomes Tim Birtwistle as a Visiting Fellow for 5 years from 2008. Tim is Professor of the Law and Policy of Higher Education and Jean Monnet Chair at Leeds Law School (Leeds Metropolitan University) and a former Head of School. He is a Professor of Law in the Land of Bremen and has been a Visiting Professor at, amongst other Universities and Business Schools, the Normandie Business School and the Flemish Business School HUB (formerly VLEKHO Brussels) where he lectures in EC Business Law. Tim’s main research interests have focused on Higher Education Law and Policy with a wide range of publications and papers in the area, inter alia student appeals, dispute resolution, distance learning, university liability, the meaning of “university”, mobility, credit transfer, academic freedom, widening participation, trade law and higher education. He has also published on general commercial and EU law topics. (see: www.leedsmet.ac.uk/lbs/staff_profiles/tim_birtwistle.htm). Tim is an active member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and was President in 2001/2002 – the first, and so far only, representative of a British university to hold this role. He was one of the U.K. European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and Diploma Supplement (ECTS/DS) Counsellors and is currently a U.K. Bologna Expert. He sits on the Stetson College of Law (Fl, U.S.A.) Advisory Panel and is a member of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Mediation panel. In 2008 Tim was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Will Greenland is a Research Analyst at the University of Michigan, where he studies higher education policy. He has led projects aiming to improve socio-economic diversity at all stages of the admissions process, from early awareness and academic preparation to financial aid and ongoing academic success at selective institutions. Prior to his position at the University of Michigan, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey and Company (2006-2008), and taught Computer Science at Oxford, where he completed his DPhil in 2004. During his time with OxCHEPS, Will is studying the history of the honors college at US universities, and its role in providing a differentiated academic experience based on student ability within a single institution.
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Michael Reddy has a background in alternative dispute resolution, finance and higher education. After obtaining a law degree from University College London and qualifying as a barrister in 1972 he initially specialised in commercial law and project finance. Subsequently he obtained an MBA from Cranfield University and an LL.M from Queen Mary University and then spent over 10 years in the Middle East, first, heading up Bank of America's construction lending team and later joining Clifford Chance to run their Bahrain Office. Seeking a change of direction he joined The Banking Ombudsman's office in 1993, becoming Deputy Banking Ombudsman in 1995. From that point he has largely focussed on alternative dispute resolution, ombudsman issues and regulation, acting as a consultant to many of the largest ombudsman schemes and regulators in the UK.
In 2003 he was recruited as the first Chief Executive and Deputy Adjudicator of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), where, among other things, he was responsible for establishing and managing the world's first national student adjudication scheme. Recognising the need for universities around the world to share their experiences of handling student complaints and appeals he co-hosted (through the OIA and European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Education), the Universities, Students and Justice conference in 2008 (see paper here - PDF).
In 2009 he returned to consultancy work, specialising in helping large organisations manage complaints and appeals. As an accredited mediator (www.mediatingcomplaints.com), he is regularly called in to resolve disputes between universities and students. He also continues to write and talk about alternative dispute resolution; recent themes include the impact of social media on ombudsman schemes and the growth of ‚Äúorganisational ombudsmen‚Äù. Michael also sits (or has sat) on a number of regulatory panels including RICS, Bar Standards Board, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Waterways Ombudsman.
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Dr Ashish Jaiswal (www.ashishjaiswal.com) holds a DPhil in business education and an MSc. in Higher Education from the University of Oxford. His research interests are business philosophy, MBA curricular and pedagogical reforms and strategic leadership. Ashish is currently working on developing an alternative method of teaching business. Ashish has penned his first novel – True Dummy – a fable of existence which delves into the existential quest of the ambitious youth.
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