Educational quality: the student to faculty ratio

Ireland“We know that the global university rankings compiled by the magazine Times Higher Education use student-staff ratios as one the key criteria for the league tables. Interestingly, the only Irish institution that makes it into the top 100 on that basis is Dublin Institute of Technology. And we also know, in the context of the continuing budget cuts in Ireland and the anticipated further reductions in public expenditure later this year that the position of Irish universities in this regard will erode further; indeed, quite apart from the budget cuts there is now the public sector recruitment embargo that has, with some modifications, also been applied to higher education. In fact, even in much better times the student-staff ratio in Ireland has been bad by international standards …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 April]

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