Archive for 14 September 2008

State to collect €530m if college fees are revived

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 14 September 2008 by Steve

“The re-introduction of third-level fees for families earning at least €120,000 a year could generate as much as €530m a year, according to a study commissioned by the Department of Education. The analysis was made by a leading economist who was asked by the Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe to review what returns the Government would make from charging fees at various income brackets. Predictably, the findings showed that the lower the income threshold the greater the revenue generated for the State. Dr Noel Woods, an economist at University College Dublin, calculated the potential revenue based on three income brackets …” (more)

[Maeve Sheehan, Independent, 14 September]

Parents and colleges the big losers in plan for fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 September 2008 by Steve

“ Last week, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe strongly indicated that he personally would press at Cabinet for the reintroduction of college fees in the near future. But he did not promise that his government would maintain State funding of colleges at levels equivalent to those of today, on top of any income coming to colleges from new fees. The reintroduction of college fees will be a financial blow to middle-class families. It is a blow they may accept if the Government can prove that the quality of college education will improve significantly as a result of people having to pay thousands of euro a year for courses that are currently free of fees. But quality is unlikely to improve unless the Government promises that fees will not simply replace present State support …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Independent. 14 September]

Under-performance in universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 September 2008 by Steve

“ In the course of this Thursday I attended several meetings involving prominent people from government and industry. A recurring theme of the discussions was under-performance in the university sector, and it became clear that some of those present had strong views about this. It was felt that lecturers had only a few contact hours with students per week, and not much else to do, and that they often did not pay significant attention to student needs. They also assumed or believed that most academic staff disappear for months during the summer to enjoy extended holidays …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 September]