Let's fix funding for higher education before it's irreparable
A recent televised debate on higher education showed the extraordinary divergence between fact, opinion and anecdote. Even for this reason alone, the publication by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of its first report on the Higher Education System Performance is to be strongly welcomed.
The report to the Education and Skills Minister provides the HEA's assessment of how the higher education system is doing under the seven System Objectives which government has prioritised. These include the interlinked circles of teaching and learning, research, funding, structures and governance.
The report contains a wealth of factual data across all of these fields and draws conclusions that are very much positive.