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Enhancing the quality of higher education governance and funding challenges

Enhancing the quality of higher education: governance and funding challenges

Stéphan VINCENT-LANCRIN

OECD

Centre for EducationalResearch and Innovation (CERI)


Outline
Outline funding challenges

  • Tertiary education and economic performance

  • Enhancing the quality of:

    • Teaching

    • Research

  • Funding and governance implications


Tertiary education and economic performance
Tertiary education and economic performance funding challenges

  • Labour productivity

  • Innovation in the economy

    • Researchers and R&D

    • Absorption of innovation

  • Lifelong learning

    • Absorption of innovation


New demands of the modern economy
New demands of the modern economy funding challenges

  • Technology-bias towards highly skilled people

  • Increasing need for non-routine cognitive skills in advanced economies

    • Interactive

    • analytical


Enhancing the quality of higher education governance and funding challenges
How the demand for skills has changed funding challengesEconomy-wide measures of routine and non-routine task input (US)

Mean task input as percentiles of the 1960 task distribution

Source: Levy and Murnane


Missions of higher education
Missions of higher education funding challenges

  • Teaching

  • Research

  • Community services

  • Production of new knowledge

  • Transmission of knowledge

  • Transmission of critical thinking

  • Maintaining of old knowledge (culture, scholarship, libraries)


Education teaching
Education / funding challengesTeaching



The us and korea invest about twice as much in education per se as most eu countries gdp 2004
The US and Korea invest about twice as much in education per se as most EU countries (% GDP) (2004)





Enhancing the quality of higher education governance and funding challenges
The expansion in numbers may continue and put pressure on quality: projected tertiary enrolments in 2025 under recent trends (2005=100)

Source: OECD, Higher Education 2030, Vol. 1 Demography (forthcoming)


Enhancing the quality of higher education governance and funding challenges

How much additional public budget (% of GDP) will be needed to keep current “quality” conditions in 2025(scenario 2, no productivity enhancement, current cost-sharing)


Evolution of student staff ratio according to recent trends in access if staff stay at 2004 level
Evolution of student/staff ratio according to recent trends in access (if staff stay at 2004 level)



Tertiary educational attainment of the 25 44 population 2005 and 2025 trends of past 10 years
Tertiary Educational Attainment to the USof the 25-44 population2005 and 2025 (trends of past 10 years)


Quality of education
Quality of education to the US

  • Teaching is the first and main function of Higher Education

  • BUT little incentives for teaching: bad teaching is often unnoticed, and good teaching, unrewarded


Quality of education1
Quality of education to the US

  • Change the incentive structures

    • Reward and value good teaching as much as research

    • Assessment of tertiaryeducationlearningoutcomes

  • Differentiatedtertiaryeducationsector

    • Avoidacademic drift

  • Develop soft skillsduring first years of university

    • Impliesbetterstudent/staff ratio for the undergraduateyears (funding)

    • New pedagogies and productivityenhancements (e-learning?)

  • Internationalisation

    • Encourage outward and inwardstudentmobility


Quality of education2
Quality of education to the US

  • Autonomy and accountability

    • Lift administrative burdens of public accountancy

    • Autonomy to hire and to someextent set wages

  • Quality assurance mechanisms

    • Risks: costly and burdensome

    • Objective: shoulddevelopquality culture

  • Performance-basedfunding

    • Important to have agreedtargets

    • Mix of input- and output-basedfundingworkswell

  • Importance of lifelonglearning

    • Not necessarily in tertiaryeducation

    • Examples: communitycolleges in the US


Research
Research to the US



Research1
Research (ISCED 6) (2005)




Relative public research productivity
Relative public research productivity (2005)

Scientific articles per million inhabitants

Public research as % of GDP


Relative public research productivity1
Relative public research productivity (2005)

Scientific articles per million inhabitants

Public research as % of GDP


Quality of research
Quality of research (2005)

  • Concentrate the funding?

    • A question of balance: project-basedfunding and block grants

    • Avoid short termfunding and « research to the assessment »

  • Relocate the excellent research?

    • World class universities, mergers, centres of excellence

    • To bebalancedagainstregional innovation

  • Avoidacademic drift


Conclusions
Conclusions (2005)


Conclusion
Conclusion (2005)

  • Researchis important, but educationeven more so

  • Fundingis important: level and type of allocation

    • More funding for tertiaryeducation(new cost sharing?)

    • Balance in fundingmechanisms, based on inputs and outputs

    • In research, beready to « lose » money

    • Competingwith Harvard willbedifficult…

  • But qualityis not just about money

    • Education: innovation in teaching, focus on graduation and not just entry

    • Research: beready to lose and waste money by fundingcontroversialresearch and researchers

  • Internationalisation contributes to qualityenhancement


Thank you

Stephan.Vincent-Lancrin@oecd.org (2005)

Thank You

www.oecd.org/edu/universityfutures