Higher Education: Private Sector
Business, Innovation and Skills
Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham, Ladywood, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer of 27 March 2012, Official Report, column 1141W, on higher education: private sector, for what reason non-completion rates are not collected from private and for-profit higher education providers whose courses are designated; and if he will make it his policy to collect such information.
David Willetts (Minister of State (Universities and Science), Business, Innovation and Skills; Havant, Conservative)
Institutions in receipt of grant funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) are required to submit data to the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) as a condition of that funding. These arrangements have been in place since HESA was established in 1993. The condition to submit data to HESA is not placed on institutions not funded by HEFCE.
We are committed to moving towards a more level playing field for all higher education providers.