Why a student loan system is the best way to fund third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the CAO points published this week, many parents are preparing to send their children to third level for the first time. Along with the understandable parental pride, there’s equally understandable angst over the hefty expense involved. The expected cost of financing a third-level student living at home is now just over €5,000 a year …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 August]

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Third-level students fear dropping out over costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An overwhelming majority of third level students fear having to drop out of college because of the cost of education in Ireland, according to a new survey. 87% of students surveyed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said the cost of education, including fees, accommodation, transport food and other bills was such that they have feared having to drop out …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 June]

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Access programmes and universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As one who organised and ran a university access course for over 12 years, I believe that the greatest problem for students who suffer disadvantage in education is finance …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 18 April]

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The high price of Ireland’s ‘free’ education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Every year for the guts of a decade, a back-to-school piece has appeared on the Pricewatch page, and every year we have highlighted how our ‘free’ education system costs parents hundreds of euro each year. Crested uniforms, high-priced books, bin-after-using workbooks, ‘voluntary’ contributions: the years roll on but the words never change …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Poorer students being ‘locked out’ of third level, charity says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Cuts in career guidance at schools and delays in allocating student grants are leaving young people from low income families ‘locked out’ of third level education, the Society of Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has warned …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Why Europe’s Universities Need ‘Stress Testing’ Even More Than the Banking Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2014 by steve

EU“Since the 2008/09 financial crisis, the concept of ‘stress testing’ has assumed a much higher prominence in the business world. Right now, for instance, the European Banking Authority is supervising a new round of tests, with results to be announced this Autumn, to gauge resilience of banks to financial shocks …” (more)

[Dirk Jan van den Berg, Huffington Post, 10 July]

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Culture Shock: Stark lesson of imposing market values on third level

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2014 by steve

“As State support has been cut drastically – a fall of 25% in five years – students are increasingly situated as paying customers and the colleges as providers of a product …” (more)

[Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times, 19 April]

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A quality education: the third-level funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Over the past number of years, Ireland’s universities have been dropping in various world rankings. Since the beginning of the recession, government funding for Ireland’s third-level sector has been cut a considerable amount …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 16 April]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 1. Outsourcing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“When governments run unsustainable budget deficits they can raise taxes or cut spending or do a combination of both. Which approach is best at any given time is one of the problems that seems to constantly occupy and divide the minds of economists …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 April]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – Preamble

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“In the wake of the Grant Thornton report, I’ve decided to do a coherent series of posts on the third level sector. We all know the third level system is struggling but in many ways it is performing heroically in the face of totally unrealistic expectations …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 14 April]

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Overseas students won’t solve education problems

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“A consultant’s report released last week declared that third-level institutions needed to take a ‘more commercial approach’ if they are to survive. They needed to make savings, but they were also told they should be chasing that money-generating entity …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Report Compounds Fears Of Crisis in Third-Level Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“A study described as the first ‘independent review of the financial health of third-level institutions’, makes for a depressing read for college staff and students alike. Carried out by Grant Thornton, a professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms …” (more)

[Fiona Gribben, University Times, 11 April]

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NUI plan targets online accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“More than a century after it awarded its first degree, the National University of Ireland is moving into the virtual realm with plans for accrediting online education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 April]

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The financial situation of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“… The GT report is done by a bunch of accountants, and it reflects that. As a picture of the state of play of finances in the Irish higher education system it’s unprecedented in its breadth and scope. They are to be congratulated. As a review of strategic options to fill the holes identified, it’s not so good …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 9 April]

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Universities are under financial pressure – here’s how they can survive

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Third level institutions in Ireland are under financial pressure – so how can they survive? A new report from Grant Thornton says that change is needed if they want to come out of this period, and that colleges and universities are already making some changes …” (more, download)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 April]

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Failure to attract international students at the root of third level crisis, says report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“What’s billed as the first ‘independent review of the financial health of third-level institutions’ makes grim reading for college management, staff and students. It is no secret that higher education is facing a funding crisis but the Grant Thornton study shows key indicators are moving in the wrong direction …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Colleges need to become ‘more commercial’ to balance books

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level institutions need to adopt a ‘more commercial approach’ if they are to survive, according to a major review of the financial health of higher education. The study by consultants Grant Thornton argues for the outsourcing of ‘non-core’ campus functions and a more aggressive policy of seeking donations from alumni …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 April]

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The cost of ‘free’ education

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2013 by steve

“Schools in Ireland are only free in name; semi-subsidised would be a more accurate term. The latest CSO figures have shown an increase in the cost of education. Parents will not be surprised at Friday’s Consumer Price Index …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Survey suggests parents fearful of having to borrow for higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“The number of parents who fear they will have to borrow for their children’s higher education has risen, according to a survey. This year 51% of parents said they may have to borrow to fund further education, but last year 39% thought they might have to get a loan …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstsrom, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Student protest to take place outside Dáil this afternoon

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on the Government and the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to ensure the maintenance grant is protected in budget 2014 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 August]

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