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Universities in the Market for Continuing Higher Education


  • Bettina Wentzel
  • Mark Oelmann



The purpose of the paper is to explain why and how American universities have taken the lead in continuing education compared to their European counterparts. In a first step we will discuss different notions of continuing education and develop an analytical framework to handle its various forms. In a second step, we will develop a theoretical typology in the form of a morphography in order to scrutinize the basic structures of a system of continuing higher education. Third, using our morphography, we will introduce some empirical insight from a case study that was pursued at the Pennsylvania State University in July and August 2001. We con-clude with our assessments as to which elements from the American system of higher and con-tinuing education may be transferable to the European tradition.

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  • Bettina Wentzel & Mark Oelmann, 2002. "Universities in the Market for Continuing Higher Education," IWP Discussion Paper Series 02/2002, Institute for Economic Policy, Cologne, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:kln:iwpdip:dp02/02

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    Continuing Education; Higher Education; Morphography;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other

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