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Education update! To cure the patients of malnutrition they’re threatening to give them less food… March 16, 2016

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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?

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1. EWI - March 16, 2016

A feature, not a bug.

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CMK - March 16, 2016

“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.”

Noam Chomsky,

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2. Ninth Level Ireland » Blog Archive » Education update! To cure the patients of malnutrition they’re threatening to give them less food … - March 16, 2016

[…] “… 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 …” (more) […]

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3. dublinstreams - March 16, 2016

same with the hospitals

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4. Dimtim46 (@dimtim46) - March 16, 2016

no university left behind.

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5. Jim Monaghan - March 16, 2016

Perhaps if there was provision to sack the heads of poorly performing state bodies.
Start at the top, not at the bottom

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6. Joe Fingersmith - March 17, 2016

I think the argument is that 2% funding is being withheld rather than withdrawn. The institution concerns have the opportunity to engage with the HEA and get the funding back.
It is of course not a nice situation to be in and I do not know how warranted is the judgement call.

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