A new heavy touch?

Ireland“The Irish Times on Saturday carried a report of a speech by Mr Tom Boland, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, at a conference in the Dublin Institute of Technology: ‘Mr Boland said the era of light-touch regulation by government of higher education was drawing to a close’. This approach, he said, has ‘given us unnecessary and inefficient duplication in programme provision. It has given us mission creep, inflexible staffing structures and practices and it has given us a fragmented system of institutions which to a very great extent stand apart and aloof from each other.’ Tom Boland is a good friend of the university sector, and we need to take seriously what he says …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 June]

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