Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded.
With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
Vice chancellors should join the discussion about alternatives to the current model.
Tripling fees to £9,000 was a clever exercise in smoke and mirrors accounting. Students and universities are paying the price.
There are plenty of Tories who believe that the top universities should be allowed to charge higher fees.
The Lib Dems (and students) would immediately feel better if tuition fees were renamed as a 'capped graduate tax'.
Tabatha Leggett visits A C Grayling's elite start-up, where the first intake of students are getting to grips with life at a private university.
The UK already invests less in higher education than every other OECD member state except Japan.
With further cuts to higher education and 40 per cent of student loans unlikely to be repaid, the parties need to agree on a sustainable funding system.
The coalition promised to reduce the cost to the taxpayer. But reduced university participation and higher inflation mean we'll end up paying more.