Archive for reform

Reform, Reform, Reform – Higher Education #GE11

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 February 2011 by Steve

“The upcoming General Election has often been described as the ‘most important’ since the foundation of the State; it is clear that Ireland needs significant economic, political and social reform. Declining positions in various league tables and the Hunt Report and its disturbingly cool reception shows that Higher Education in Ireland is in serious need of reform; reform that goes far deeper and is far more profound than several mooted structural changes, in addition to the perennial debate on funding …” (more)

[Bartley Rock, Tea and Toast, 11 February]

Big Queue At The Crazyhouse

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 March 2010 by Steve

“Universities and the idea of a university are taking a bit of a beating recently. Not just here on the island – where there’s a not-unreasonable case to be made that both have long fallen into the area of the conveniently unexamined – but more broadly …” (more)

[Belfield, 11 March]

The Don’ts of Higher Ed Reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 September 2009 by Steve

USA“The 18 months that I spent on Margaret Spellings’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education left me convinced that American higher education must undergo dramatic change if it is to keep thriving. The commission got that part right, even if – as I believe and argue in my new book, Making Reform Work: The Case for Transforming American Higher Education (Rutgers University Press) – many of its preconceptions and strategies were deeply flawed. The book is my attempt to write the report that the Spellings Commission should have. I try to make sense of all of the public criticism and debate that is now swirling about higher education …” (more)

[Robert Zemsky, Inside Higher Ed, 4 September]

Modernising higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Right now there are several processes and reviews under way that will have a profound impact on the future of higher education, and which will in all likelihood turn it into something quite different from the traditional model. In fact, reform and change are needed, and those of us working in the system should not be too defensive about that. However, the question is whether the particular changes that may emerge will be positive or counter-productive. Let me just remind ourselves what these various processes are …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 July]

The purpose of higher education reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Over recent months a significant number of commentators – in the media, in politics, from industry and elsewhere – have suggested that major reform in Irish higher education is needed. Furthermore, the Minister for Education and Science has, as we know, established a strategic review process for higher education. Most of the discussion that this has generated has been about the reform of structures, and in particular the possibility of rationalisation; this has been covered in previous posts in this blog. In fact, the time is right for considering reform – including some quite radical reform – of the Irish higher education system; but as in all questions of strategic reform, it is doubtful whether this should start with structures …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 March]

Reshaping our universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 January 2009 by Steve

“The seven university presidents have convened a special meeting to consider outline Government plans for a reshaping of the sector. The Government has let it be known that it favours a tighter, more efficient university network and, critically, one where there is less duplication and more focused areas of expertise. Minister for Education and Science Batt O’Keeffe wants to transform the current situation where most colleges offer a broadly similar mix of disciplines to one in which each university has a particular expertise or specialisation. Much closer alliances between colleges and even mergers have not been ruled out …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 January]

What does university reform mean?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 August 2008 by Steve

“For much of this decade there has been a growing call for universities to reform, or be reformed …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 August]