Archive for quality

Can We Measure the Value of College Teaching?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 February 2011 by Steve

“A popular notion within the academy is that teaching quality cannot be measured, but this is an article of faith, not a demonstrated fact. Very few institutions have made a systematic effort to measure teaching quality, largely because the faculty is opposed to it and administrators have little incentive to discover true teaching value added …” (more)

[Robert Martin and Andrew Gillen, Minding Campus, 7 February]


Quality in Irish Higher Education

Posted in teaching with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Adrian Weckler asks a thoughtful question, ‘Why can’t Irish education produce a Nobel laureate?’ It’s something I thought about when watching Patrick and John Collison jet off to the States for their university experience …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 24 January]

Why can’t Irish education produce a Nobel laureate?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“It’s sad. There is little or no debate about quality in third-level education. It’s all about access and free fees. For example, how many patents do we file? How many world-class scholars do we produce? Any Nobel laureates? (And no, neither Seamus Heaney nor Brian Friel are products of the Irish education system.) …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, YourTech, 23 January]

Setting Quality Standards in Higher Ed

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 September 2010 by Steve

“The growing chorus of criticism of U.S. higher education is focusing on quality, and rightly so. Quality is or should be the central issue in the higher education enterprise. It is too often overlooked in the quest for reform and change in other important areas such as cost containment, expansion, accessibility and higher graduation rates. We should always be on the lookout for ways to improve quality – but some caution in our approaches is warranted …” (more)

[A Lee Fritschler, Inside Higher Ed, 9 September]

Need for joined-up thinking in education

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 June 2010 by Steve

“… However in recent times the Googles and others have begun to bemoan the lack of qualified young people in this country. They cannot fill positions in certain areas because the universities and colleges in Ireland are not producing them. So what happened? How have we fallen so quickly from our once lofty position as the brain box of Europe? The answer lies in our education system which hasn’t really changed in decades …” (more)

[Yellowbelly Blog, 8 June]


Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“We even have a board called Irish Universities Quality Board to look after quality. What new scheme has the Minister in mind?” (tweet)

[Liam Delaney, Twitter, 1 March]

How is (Irish) University Quality Measured? And are Irish Universities Obviously of Such Low Quality?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 January 2010 by Steve

“There is a very provocative post entitled ‘Low Quality of Irish Universities Confirmed’ by Michael Moore here. There are a great many points worthy of commentary in the post. The essence of the post though is that Irish Universities perform badly or very badly on the annual Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings, and Irish Universities (or two of them –TCD and UCD) perform well on another measurement system …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 6 January]