Parents need to learn higher education is not the only measure of success

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Parents need to be challenged over their belief that higher education is the ‘only measure of success’ for school-leavers, the head of a national education body has warned. Nessa White, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, was responding to the findings of a study which show alarming dropout rates among students in some computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 February]

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The Leaving Cert, signalling and third level non-completion rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that completion rates in university and IoT courses are closely correlated with CAO points has been known for some time. However, the fact that this is still newsworthy is interesting and probably has to do with the prevailing narrative, a narrative in which the Leaving Cert is deemed to be unfit for purpose and inadequate as a preparation for the rigours of 21st century higher education …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 14 February]

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New Data from the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA have produced a major study on An Analysis of Completion in Irish Higher Education: 2007/08 Entrants, which makes for interesting reading. As with many HEA reports there is a lot of detail and mountains of data (this report is 220 pages long!). It does not include the National College of Ireland nor the likes of the Dublin Business School which is a big pity and a major omission in my view …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 14 February]

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THEA Reaction to HEA Analysis of Completion Rates in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) very much welcomes this first extended completion analysis across the entire higher education sector. We compliment the HEA for engaging in such a longitudinal study and for the attendant analysis. As a sector, we have been examining progression and successful completion in this manner for the best part of a decade …” (more)

[THEA, 13 February]

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Four in Every Five Irish Students Complete their Degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major Study of Higher Education Completion Rates Finds that Leaving Certificate Performance is Strongest Predictor of Completion. The Higher Education Authority today published a study on the rates of completion of 34,059 students who entered Irish Universities, Institutes and Colleges full time at undergraduate level in the 2007/8 academic year …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 February]

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Some third-level computing courses have 80% drop-out rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A majority of students are dropping out of third-level computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points, official figures show. These high non-completion rates are a source of ‘huge concern’ to education authorities, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which has tracked a cohort of more than 34,000 students who started third-level courses in 2007/08 over a 10-year period …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Leaving Cert grades linked to finishing college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students with higher Leaving grades and CAO points are significantly more likely to complete higher education than those with lower grades, according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority. The study, which tracked 34,059 full-time undergraduate students who entered Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges in 2007 across ten years, found that the lowest completion rates were in computing courses, where 45% of students dropped out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Tech courses are toughest to finish in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology and computing courses are proving to be the hardest to complete in college, a major new study has found. The report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) also found that females had significantly higher completion of third-level courses than males. And first year is key – with almost two thirds of those who don’t graduate dropping out at that stage …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Is it too easy to get into some third-level college courses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are we setting the bar too low for entry into some of our higher education courses? It’s a question begged by the findings of a major study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) into the volume of students who are failing to complete third-level courses. The good news is that, overall, most students (76%) are completing their courses in higher education. …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor closes IUA Seminar on Ireland’s Place in a new European University System

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today [29th January 2018] closed a breakfast seminar on ‘Ireland’s place in a new European University System’. Hosted by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), speakers at the event included the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics and a panel of experts from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 January]

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Major multinational employers concerned at language skills of Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major multinational employers are concerned that Irish graduates from college and further education fall short in their ability to speak foreign languages. Satisfaction ratings with the foreign language skills of new entrants to the workforce are low among foreign-owned employers here, according to a report for the Higher Education Authority, seen by the Sunday Independent …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor and John Walshe, Independent, 27 January]

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Tralee IT €4m deficit ‘factored in’ for CIT merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A forecasted €4m deficit at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has already been factored into future funding projections for the proposed Munster Technological University (MTU). It was reported this week that a review commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and carried out by Deloitte raised issues regarding the financial position of ITT …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, EchoLIVE, 24 January]

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PAC criticises lack of oversight in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have criticised the lack of authority that public bodies have over third level education institutions. Fianna Fáil TD Marc McSharry told the PAC that major deficits exist ‘in the overall oversight of education, in particular at third level’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 25 January]

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University of Limerick president faces questions on accuracy of results at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald, is expected to face questions from TDs this Thursday about concerns over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Alan English and Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Government to look at recouping from colleges for ‘governance breaches’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering recouping monies from institutes of higher education where governance breaches have been found, it has emerged. The Secretary General of the Department of Education Seán Ó Foghlú is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday to discuss the remuneration of senior staff at the University of Limerick and the Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Education and emigration

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In ‘Numbers of students in higher education climbs to record high’ (News, January 18th), the Higher Education Authority claim that this will help the country meet whatever challenges it faces in the years ahead …” (more)

[Stephen O’Hara, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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Higher Education Authority Funding – Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the funding that has been approved for an institution (details supplied) in the past three years; the funding that has been specifically indicated for the campus at a location as part of that funding; the system used to ensure that allocations are used for the purpose proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Minister launches results of National Employer Survey 2018

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today launched the National Employer Survey 2018. The survey, completed in Q2 2018, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 23 January]

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