Higher Education delivered by FE colleges

This research, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation, provides concrete evidence of the impact and reach of the higher education delivered by FE colleges.

The work was carried out by RCU and undertaken in consultation with the Association of Colleges, the Mixed Economy Group and the 157 Group, as well as a number of colleges. Individual colleges received an individual, tailored report on their HE from the project.

The Local Impact of College Based Higher Education (CHELIS) report demonstrates how:

  • college based HE broadens access to higher education, yet differs from the provision offered by HEIs, broadly as policy drivers intend
  • college based FE recruits from the local area and with a focus on applied and vocational subjects
  • local recruitment positions Colleges to address local economic needs.

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