Recent Research on Income-Contingent Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The topic has been back in the news again in recent weeks because of the dissemination of a paper by Shaen Corbet and Charles Larkin, which claims to show that an ICL could not work in Ireland …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Darragh Flannery and Kevin Denny, The Irish Economy, 24 May]

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Income-Contingent Loans Would be a Risky Course of Action for Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The work done by Peter Cassells and his team, supported by Dr Aedín Doris of Maynooth University and Prof Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University, did an excellent job of highlighting the challenges facing higher education. The sector is in crisis due to several years of budget cuts and asset sweating …” (more)

[Charles Larkin, University Times, 19 May]

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Higher Education Funding: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): … I wish to welcome the following witnesses to the meeting: Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Shaen Corbet and Dr Aedín Doris from NUI Maynooth, in addition to Dr Darragh Flannery from the University of Limerick. They are here to make presentations on the future funding of higher education, and I thank them for sending on their opening statements concerning the Cassells Report …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 2 May]

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Third Level Funding: Funding and Student Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million core funding requirement by 2020 referenced in the Cassells report includes or excludes provision for demographic increases that have already been included in fiscal parameters for 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Student loan scheme is the best option for Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In March of last year, the final report of the expert group on future funding for higher education (the Cassells report) was published. It concluded that a sharp increase in funding is needed because of a combination of demographic growth and the need to reduce student-staff ratios to international norms …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Cassells is wrong! University can be cheaper!

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In twenty years time, much fewer school leavers will be going to college. This will be simply because there will be so many more options available to them. Many of the options will be based on technology and the Internet and will be attractive for many reasons, not least that they will be much less expensive for the school-leaver …” (more)

[Well I wouldn’t start from here anyway!, 18 April]

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1% levy on corporate profits to bridge 3rd-level fund gap

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 1% levy on corporate profits could secure most of the €600m needed to bridge third-level funding gaps, a teachers’ union claims. The idea has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) which represents 4,000 institute of technology lecturers, as a solution to the higher education funding crisis and to ease staffing shortages in many sectors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his examinations of the Cassells report on the funding of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Student loan scheme deemed impractical by researchers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The feasibility of a student loan scheme where funds would be repaid by graduates after they reach a certain income level has been dismissed in research commissioned by the State’s institutes of technology. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education is examining new proposals to fund the higher education system, which is in crisis following years of funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 April]

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‘USC-style levy’ to fund third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Universal Social Charge-style (USC) levy would be a better way to meet the funding needs of higher education than the proposed student loan system, according to new analysis. The loan scheme, suggested in the Cassells Report on future funding for third-level, would not work in Ireland and would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years before it stabilised, said economist Dr Charles Larkin …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Third Level Data – Student Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount allocated and also needed for demographics, which relates to higher education funding in each of the years 2010 to 2021, in view of the recent Cassells report in which is quantified the provision needed for demographics for higher education as including an average 1.7% increase per year – c 3,000 students (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will oppose an end to the free fees scheme and abolish the student registration charges in view of the recent figures on the number of students in receipt of grants in third level institutions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the process and timeframe for the Government’s decision on the options laid out in the Cassells report on funding for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Seminar: Peter Cassells, ‘Funding Higher Education: How And Why?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ISPA, in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, will host this seminar. It will consist of a presentation from Peter Cassells with an opportunity afterwards for questions and discussion. The seminar is free to attend and ISPA membership forms will be available on the night …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 February]

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Pringle calls on Minister not to introduce third level student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal TD has called on the Minister for Education not to introduce third level student loans. Thomas Pringle (Ind) raised raised the issue as a Priority Question in the Dáil. He was responding to recommendations in the the Cassells Report for increased investment in third level education sector, including the possible introduction of ‘income-contingent’ student loans …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 25 January]

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Priority Questions: Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take on board concerns represented by the Union of Students in Ireland and other representative groups if an income contingent loan scheme is established on the basis of the Cassells report; his views on whether it is a viable solution to third level funding as a graduate debt of more than €20,000 will create a two-tier system of higher education, furthering inequality in society; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 18 January]

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Education Committee Members Challenge Fine Gael Funding ‘Agenda’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton’s, desire for ‘consensus’ on a new funding model for higher education has been challenged by a number of Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee members …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 22 December]

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Third Level Costs: Income-contingent Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to carry out a technical study on the merits or otherwise of the income contingent loan model of funding put forward as an option in the recent Cassells report …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Financing higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent rankings by QS World University Rankings has shone a spotlight on under-investment in Ireland’s higher education system. Under austerity, cutting back on funding to Ireland’s colleges was recognised as an invisible cut …” (more)

[David Whelan, Eolas Magazine, 9 December]

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Sharing creative multimedia education resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Although I don’t expect to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 5 December]

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