Archive for accountability

The search for accountability in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 February 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]

College Accountability

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 July 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 with tags , , on 20 May 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]

University accountability – here we go again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 March 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]