Britain Is Set to Confer University Status on 10 Institutions

David Willetts, Britain’s universities minister, will recommend that 10 specialized higher-education institutions be granted the title of university, the British Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills announced on Tuesday. Previously, institutions were required to enroll at least 4,000 students in order to earn that title, but the threshold was reduced to 1,000 students under new rules proposed in June. The move is the biggest expansion of British universities in two decades, the government said. The BBC reports that two, and possibly three, private colleges could also gain university status—a move that some might oppose if those institutions seek to make a profit.

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