Education update! To cure the patients of malnutrition they’re threatening to give them less food… March 16, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Three colleges which have performed poorly in a new assessment process for the higher education sector face financial penalties running into hundreds of thousands of euro.Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design have been warned they risk losing €1 million in State funding unless they tackle deficiencies in a number of areas.
I am familiar with some of those institutions and I cannot imagine how removing funding will improve things given the impacts of funding decreases across the past decade.
And even the contingent aspect of the threat is pointless…
The decision to withhold funding from some will be controversial given that the three colleges which face penalties are in financially vulnerable positions as they struggle to cope with cuts in State funding and rising student numbers.
Officials at the HEA, however, say all three can avoid penalties by submitting plans on how they plan to address identified shortcomings.
But the short-comings are a product largely (though not exclusively in my opinion, oh no, we’re talking about unusual approaches in a range of areas) of funding problems. So how can they be remedied?