Further education funding to be linked with performance

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education. However, in a report over the summer the Department of Public Expenditure found there was a ‘fragmented’ and “disjointed” approach to the way more than €800 million was being spent in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Should university funding be tied to student performance?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

“Government funding for Australian universities could soon be based more on how students perform – including academic results, whether they complete uni and get a job – and less on the number of students universities manage to enrol …” (more)

[Andrew Harvey, The Conversation, 3 April]

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Third-level colleges face new performance targets

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will have to meet performance targets to secure additional funding under plans being drawn up by Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Colleges’ capacity to meet skills gaps in the economy will be crucial to future funding, as will their ability to increase participation rates among disadvantaged students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 July]

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An important way of ensuring our colleges are performing well

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The quality of the higher education system is vital to creating jobs, raising living standards and giving Ireland an edge in the global marketplace. Yet until now, we have had no clear picture of how colleges are performing …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 March]

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Fining colleges for poor performance

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – So, three colleges are to be fined for not reaching standards. Who pays? The taxpayer. Who suffers? The students and teachers …” (more)

[Cal Hyland, Irish Times, 17 March]

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Dundalk IT respond to Higher Education Authority report

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology has responded to the publication of a report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on performance in the higher education sector. The report identified that DkIT was performing well in many areas but that the Institute lacked strategic focus and was trying to do too much with too few resources …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 16 March]

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Education update! To cure the patients of malnutrition they’re threatening to give them less food …

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… I am familiar with some of those institutions and I cannot imagine how removing funding will improve things given the impacts of funding decreases across the past decade …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 16 March]

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Statement by Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills on the Publication by HEA of Institutional Strategic Dialogue Outcomes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) have today published the outcome of its institutional strategic dialogues. The outcome of these reviews is linked to the performance funding process for Higher Education Institutions. Three Institutions, which did not meet the agreed performance level, now face a potential funding penalty …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 March]

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Three third-level colleges face penalties over ‘poor performance’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three colleges which have performed poorly in a new assessment process for the higher education sector face financial penalties running into hundreds of thousands of euro. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design have been warned they risk losing €1 million in State funding unless they tackle deficiencies in a number of areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 March]

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How are our universities and colleges performing?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“How are our universities and colleges performing? For the past two years, the Higher Education Authority has been trying to answer that question. The result is an annual performance evaluation system which can result in State funding being withheld from colleges if they fail to meet agreed targets …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 March]

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We finally know for sure how our colleges are faring

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland invests €2 billion in its higher education and research system each year, almost two-thirds of which is provided by Irish taxpayers. Up to now we have had a generalised view – typically very positive – of the contribution higher education makes to our society and economy. We can now test that view …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 15 March]

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Funding cuts putting third-level sector under pressure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has concluded a series of performance agreements with each of the State’s universities, institutes of technology and other third-level colleges …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 January]

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A dozen issues to dominate Irish education in 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Here are 12 issues you are likely to hear plenty about next year, from school patronage to industrial strife. 1 School patronage. Here’s a challenge: is it possible to guarantee unbaptised children access to their local religious-run school without collapsing the entire system of denominational education? …” (more)

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

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Theories of Change

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Canada“One of the easiest things to do in policy is to advocate for policy X, so as to change effect Y. One of the hardest things to do is to get people to explain clearly their theory of change. That is, what are the steps by which changing X actually affects Y? Take performance-based funding …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 27 August]

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Almost one in three colleges ‘won’t hit performance targets’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Almost a third of higher education institutions believe they will fail to achieve performance targets upon which a portion of their funding depends, a survey shows. The Deloitte financial survey of the higher education sector identifies a ‘high sense of uncertainty’ among universities, institutes of technology and private colleges, as well as frustration with perceived Government interference with management affairs …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Performance funding: The burden of proof

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Canada“When a policy is proposed, the burden of proof lies with the people making the proposal. They need to explain why the new policy is better, and they need to provide evidence to support their claim. This is how sensible policy gets made …” (more)

[Graeme Stewart, Academic Matters, 19 March]

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Performance-Based Funding (Part 4)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Canada“I’ve been talking about performance-based funding all week; today, I’ll try to summarize what I think the research and experience actually says. Let’s return for a second to a point I made Tuesday. When determining whether PBF ‘works’, what matters is to be able to show that incentivizing particular outcomes actually changes institutional behaviour, and leads to improvements in outcomes …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 20 February]

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Performance-Based Funding (Part 3)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Canada“As I noted yesterday, the American debate on PBF has more or less ignored evidence from beyond its shores; and yet, in Europe, there are several places that have very high levels of performance-based funding. Denmark has had what it calls a ‘taximeter’ system, which pays institutions on the basis of student progression and completion, for over 20 years now, and it currently makes up about 30% of all university income …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 19 February]

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Performance-Based Funding (Part 2)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Canada“So, as we noted yesterday, there are two schools of thought in the US about performance-based funding (where, it should be noted, about 30 states have some kind of PBF criteria built into their overall funding system, or are planning to do so). Basically, one side says they work, and the other says they don’t …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 18 February]

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Performance-Based Funding (Part 1)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Canada“I was reading the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA)’s position statement on a new funding formula for the province. Two things caught my eye. One, they want money to make sure Ontario universities can do world-class research and teaching; and two, they demand strict opposition to any kind of performance-based funding formula …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 17 February]

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