Let us be guided by evidence

Ireland“On Marian Finucane’s RTE radio show this Sunday morning there was a discussion about university tuition fees and related matters, and as part of that there was an intriguing contribution by Dr Sean Barrett of Trinity College Dublin. He argued in essence that universities in Ireland are over-funded. In support of these thesis he suggested that current funding per student stands at €13,300, but that for what he called ‘chalk and talk’ subjects such as his own (Economics) the actual cost per student is €1,100. These figures were taken at face value by the other guests on the show. First, the figure of €13,300 is not a meaningful one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 June]

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