University governance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Cloaked in a language of ‘accountability’, the Government’s new approach to higher education might be an easy sell to the public in general (‘Universities face sweeping changes in oversight and governance under new Bill’, News, January 3rd) …” (more)

[Joe Whelan, Irish Times, 8 January]

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The difficult questions concerning university autonomy and accountability

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“As readers of this blog will know, in 2011-12 I chaired a review of governance in Scottish higher education. The main products of the report we issued in 2012 so far are the Scottish Code of Good Governance and, more recently, a Bill now before the Scottish Parliament …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 August]

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‘The Academic Manifesto: From an Occupied to a Public University’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2015 by steve

HollandAbstract: Universities are occupied by management, a regime obsessed with ‘accountability’ through measurement, increased competition, efficiency, ‘excellence’, and misconceived economic salvation. Given the occupation’s absurd side-effects, we ask ourselves how management has succeeded in taking over our precious universities. An alternative vision for the academic future consists of a public university, more akin to a socially engaged knowledge commons than to a corporation. We suggest some provocative measures to bring about such a university. However, as management seems impervious to cogent arguments, such changes can only happen if academics take action. Hence, we explore several strategies for a renewed university politics.

Willem Halffman and Hans Radder, The Academic Manifesto: From an Occupied to a Public University. Minerva, April 2015.

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College with ‘bad finances’ funded by €100m

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has been criticised for failing to properly monitor the financial affairs of the National College of Art and Design to which it has given more than €100m in funds in the last eight years …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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Accountability, compliance and bureaucratisation in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… I actually took a note of what the gentleman said in opening his talk: the new world of higher education, he asserted, is characterised by a much more thorough and ‘deep’ (whatever that means) approach to accountability and risk management. Really? Well actually, yes. He was probably right …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 April]

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Financial Accountability

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Paudie Coffey: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me the opportunity to raise this important matter of public interest, which is also of grave concern to me, especially given the recent revelations of how taxpayers’ money has been spent in some of our educational institutions. For example, in Waterford Institute of Technology, the spending in the president’s office alone increased from €30,000 in 2000 to more than €600,000 in 2008. From recent reports, I understand there have been numerous breaches of financial governance procedures and protocols within the institute …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 11 October]

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The search for accountability in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2011 by steve

“The report on Ireland’s National Strategy for Higher Education (the ‘Hunt report’), in one of its key statements, argues that the key to an excellent system of higher education is the alignment of ‘performance, autonomy and accountability’. In fact, the report makes 36 references to accountability …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 February]

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College Accountability

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Coming up with ways of making colleges accountable for the money they spend is something that has been long debated across many literatures. The Economix blog discusses this in a number of places including a discussion of a recent report on this issue. Using degrees awarded per money received is an interesting place to start but, as acknowledged, has a pretty strong set of flaws. Obviously, one would prefer some measure of the quality of education given per money received …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 21 July]


Spinning out of Control

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Fulfilling public accountability obligations is as important for public organizations involved in teaching, learning and research as it is for other organizations with more overt commercial, administrative or political objectives as clearly evident by the recent debacle surrounding the Irish banking sector. The changing nature of accountability and the associated political factors that impinge on transparent financial disclosures has required greater transparency from Irish University heads on how they spend tax-payers money, but to date has yielded mixed results …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 19 May]

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University accountability – here we go again

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“According to a report in the Irish Independent newspaper, the Minister for Education and Science Mr Batt O’Keeffe TD, in addressing the Higher Education authority, declared that universities needed to demonstrate ‘greater value and accountability for money’. He went on to muse that the universities’ institutional autonomy had been beneficial at one level but had also raised concerns about value for money. No sensible university President will want to argue against accountability and transparency; but in the avalanche of bureaucratic reporting requirements that have flowed over us in recent years I doubt very much that we are lacking in accountability. And as for value for money, we educate students in Ireland to a high quality at half the cost of a similar education in the United Kingdom, and a fraction of the cost in the United States …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 March]

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