Higher Education

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 381-393

First online:

Higher education and social change

  • John BrennanAffiliated withCentre for Higher Education Research and Information, The Open University Email author 

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An agenda for future higher education research is proposed which incorporates four interconnected elements: changing social contexts; their implications for higher education; mechanisms of interaction between higher education and society; higher education’s impact on society. The role of comparative research in investigating these topics is discussed and a set of priorities for future research questions is proposed.


Higher education Universities Social change Knowledge society Diversity Impact of higher education