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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Gender imbalance warning to colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan hopes the Government will not have to impose funding penalties on colleges to get them to reverse gender imbalances in leadership roles …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 February]

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Who’s Tying Money to College Performance, and How? A Report Breaks It Down

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

USA“Over the past few years, performance-based funding has picked up momentum across the nation. Yet there’s little consensus on the best way to carry out the controversial strategy, which rewards or punishes colleges for their graduation or retention rates …” (more)

[Madeline Will, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 February]

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Performance funding policies in higher education have had little effect on student outcomes

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2014 by steve

“Performance and cost efficiency concerns have taken center stage in discussions about the funding and oversight of public universities in recent years. One of the primary manifestations of these concerns is the rise of performance funding policies, or policies that seek to directly link state appropriations to the outcomes institutions generate for students …” (more)

[Amanda Rutherford and Thomas Rabovsky, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 August]

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Colleges may face funding cuts over access targets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level colleges could have funding cut if they do not meet new targets to improve access for disadvantaged, disabled and mature students. Despite progress in the last five years, many Higher Education Authority targets for participation by under-represented groups have not been met …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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DCU to become ‘research-intensive, globally-engaged University of Enterprise’ by 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2014 by steve

“DCU will develop ‘creative, analytical, enterprising and socially responsible citizens’ by 2016 if it is to meet an agreement with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) published this week …” (more)

[Mark Hogan, The College View, 13 June]

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Funding third level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 14th, 2014 by steve

“In what may be one of his final acts as Minister for Education before a Cabinet reshuffle in the autumn, Ruairi Quinn has set up a working group to develop a ‘future funding policy for higher education’. The aim, he says, is not just to produce another report but also to spark a public debate about the value of the sector …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 June]

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Colleges face financial penalties if they fail to meet new targets

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2014 by steve

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

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Working group on ‘future funding’ of higher education may not report until end of 2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“The likelihood of the Government deciding before the next general election on a new funding model for higher education has all but disappeared with the announcement of a working group to examine the issue …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Third-level staff and students call for extra funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level lecturers and students have insisted serious funding problems in Ireland’s colleges and universities must be addressed if the system is to cope with future demand. Speaking after the launch of the first ever Higher Education System Performance report …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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