Special report: Universities

Source: Economist, Vol. 414 no. 8931, March 28, 2015

Universities
The world is going to university
More and more money is being spent on higher education. Too little is known about whether it is worth it.

Excellence v equity
The American model of higher education is spreading. It is good at producing excellence, but needs to get better at providing access to decent education at a reasonable cost, says Emma Duncan

Rankings
Top of the class
Competition among universities has become intense and international

NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus
A pearl in the desert
A controversial Middle Eastern outpost of an American educational empire

Privatisation
Mix and match
Both provision and funding of higher education is shifting towards the private sector

America
A flagging model
America’s higher-education system is no longer delivering all it should

Technology
Not classy enough
Online learning could disrupt higher education, but many universities are resisting it

Policy options
Having it all
Ideas for delivering equity as well as excellence