Should a university aim to be a for-profit institution?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘This strategic plan sets out to secure Trinity’s future so that it will continue to play its pivotal role in helping Ireland to become a most productive place in which to invent, work and learn and a most civilised place in which to live and contribute to local and global society.’ This statement, set out in Trinity’s published Strategic Plan for the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, lays out the ideals of the university and thereby its commitment to uphold its educational promise to its students …” (more)

[Niamh Meyer, Trinity News, 11 September]

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WIT’s Grand Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has formally approved its Strategic Plan for the 2018-2021 period, in which its ambition to become one of the world’s top 100 new universities is underlined. The plan, which The Munster Express first reported on in our February 13th edition, represents ‘a declaration of intent’ according to WIT Chairman Jim Moore, ‘and is ambitious and confident’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 21 June]

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Development plan to transform DCU will cost €230m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is unveiling an ambitious €230m capital development plan today that will physically transform the fast-growing university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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UL launches plan to become research powerhouse

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick will more than double the number of PhD candidates it enrols over the coming five years – just one of a number of ambitious targets set in a new research strategy …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 12 January]

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UL launches ambitious ‘roadmap to 2020’ strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has outlined its ambitions to increase their number of spin-out companies by 25% over the next five years …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 12 January]

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UL strategic plan will bring university to the city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over the next five years, the University of Limerick will concentrate on establishing new international research networks and doubling research income from EU funding sources …” (more)

[Kathy Masterson, Limerick Post, 2 October]

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NUI Galway aims for top 200 spot as ‘ranking vital to global employers’

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is aiming to be one of the world’s top 200 universities by 2020, in the face of the increasing importance global employers are attaching to where job applicants were awarded their degree …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 March]

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NUI Galway aims to enter world ‘top 200’ in new strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway says it plans to become one of the world’s top 200 universities in global rankings by 2020 under a new strategic plan. The five-year strategy, which was presented by college president Prof Jim Browne at an ‘all staff meeting’ on campus on Thursday morning, identifies the professional development of staff – including significant progress on gender equality – as key objectives …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 March]

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RCSI sets plans to increase links with industry

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on November 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has launched a strategy that will help it transfer research discoveries more quickly into clinical practice. It will also improve the college’s ability to link with companies that can commercialise discoveries …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Do Strategic Plans Result in Tangible Realities?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Today, Trinity announced its five-year strategic plan. While it is reassuring to know that the administration is still thinking that far ahead, that may be the only notable thing about this unveiling …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 22 October]

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University strategic planning – but where are the tactics?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2013 by steve

“… Most university strategic plans tend to be long on strategy but short on tactics: they are usually good on long-term ambition, but weak on short- and medium- term steps to achieve that ambition …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 10 July]

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To fix third level, we need to ask the right questions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“We are obsessed with the structure of our higher eduction system but other areas need reform first. Here’s a little puzzle. If Waterford Institute of Technology is not fit to be a university on its own, why does it become fit if you add a second college, Carlow IT, which is manifestly not as good an institution? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy and Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2012 by steve

“Strategic planning in higher education borders on the absurd. I’ve been witness to my share. More often than not, participants in the process – of which there are many because we wouldn’t want to leave anyone out of the experience – agree to do what they’ve always done, but more of it …” (more)

[Keith Hampson, Higher Education Management, 4 March]

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The Strategic Plan: a tool for administrative power?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2011 by steve

The Chronicle of Higher Education carries an extract from a new book by Benjamin Ginsberg on the ‘all-administrative university’ which apparently argues that: ‘the explosive growth in administration, the decline in faculty influence, and the institutional corporatization of American universities contributes to a loss of intellectual rigor …'” (more)

[Registrarism, 27 July]

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University Strategic Planning

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2010 by steve

“From the consistently wonderful MacLeod Cartoons, a cartoon called ‘University Strategic Planning’ …” (graphic)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 24 October]

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Don’t do Strategic planning on tactical timescales

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2010 by steve

“Most Universities conduct strategic plans with a five year time horizon. This is too short. Most degrees take three or four years (allowing for repeats, long medical degrees, interminable PhDs etc) so five years is a little bit longer than one ‘product cycle’. A car takes, perhaps, a few weeks at most including components. Could you imagine Ford or Toyota having a 3 month strategic planning horizon? …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 25 June]

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Is Strategic Planning Possible?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2009 by steve

USA“Having now endured innumerable meetings dealing with budget reductions, I am beginning to realize reluctantly that budget cutting can never be done in a rational way during a budget crisis. If any institution should be able to address its budget problems rationally, you would think that it would be a university. Alas, this is not the case …” (more)

[Arnold van der Valk, A Crumbling Ivory Tower?, 14 November]

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