Resource and Policy as Determinants of Access to University Education in Nigeria

By Anne Ibidun Fabiyi and Simeon Adebayo Oladipo.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Basic education is inadequate to meet the challenges of the global village. Hence, the high demand for higher education. However, access to University education (the boat engine of development) by those who are qualified is crucial as a majority of Nigerians perceive that only a university degree can hold any promise for the future. Nigeria, with an estimated population of 140million (42.9million youth) has 83 universities. Out of this, about 1.0million seek admission to the existing universities annually but only 0.12% get admitted due to inadequate resources in the universities. This research focuses on university resources, carrying capacity and admission policy as it affects students’ enrolment. A major question in this research is, to what extent do resources determine access to university education? Sixteen universities were randomly selected from the six geo-political zones of the country to constitute the study sample. The selection was based on age, type and location of university. While the participants will be drawn from among the University administrators, students, academic and non-academic staff, officials of both the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, and the National Universities Commission, data will be collected through the use of questionnaire, structured interview, document analysis and checklist. Descriptive statistics such as percentages, bar charts, pie charts etc will be used for data analysis based on the research questions. However, resources have been found to contribute in the delimitation of registrable number of undergraduates in Nigerian universities.

Keywords: Human and Physical Resources, Admission Policy, Carring Capacity, Access

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.25-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 646.330KB).

Dr. Anne Ibidun Fabiyi

Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Anne Fabiyi, specialist in Educational Planning and Administration, has passion for teaching, research, supervises doctoral projects, consultant and administrator. Hobbies include baking Anne Ibidun Fabiyi was born in Zaria where she had her primary school education. She attended Queen of Apostles College, Kaduna for her secondary education. She obtained her first degree in Science Education from the Ahmadu Bello University and came out with a second class upper. Later, she attended the University of Ilorin where she obtained a Masters degree in Educational Planning and Administration. Dr. Anne Fabiyi holds a Ph.D degree in Educational Planning and Administration from the University of Lagos. She has in the course of her career lectured, conducted research, supervised students’ project at undergraduate and doctoral levels. Conferences attended where paper were presented include the 8th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, University of Makerere, Uganda (2002); 2nd International Special Education Conference, University of Winneba, Ghana (2005); British Education Leadership, Management and Administration Society conference on Innovation in Educational Leadership Management Practice and Research, England (2007). Some of publications include Educational Administration and Supervision for Better School; Planning in Education, (Books) Lecturers Job Satisfaction and their Performance; Fostering Inclusive Education in Nigeria: A study of Teacher’s Receptivity of Locally Biased Integration Strategies (Journal Publication). She has held many administrative positions including the Acting Dean, school of Education; Director Centre for Higher Programmes; Assistant Director, University Sandwich Teachers programme. She holds an award of the best researcher in the Faculty of Education (2005). A scholar, a researcher, a resource person, a trainer of teachers, Dr. Fabiyi, a senior lecturer in the University of Lagos is happily married with children

Dr. Simeon Adebayo Oladipo

Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Simeon Adebayo Oladipo specializes in Educational Policy Analysis, has taught at the Primary, Secondary, College and the University levels, a consultant to educational agencies. Dr. Simeon Adebayo Oladipo, holds a B.Ed (Hon) Second Class Upper Division in Elementary Education (University of Calabar, 1988); M.Ed Educational Administration and Planning (University of Lagos, 1990) and Ph.D Educational Management (University of Ibadan, 2000). Presently lectures in the Department of Educational Administration, University of Lagos, Nigeria. My research interests include: educational leadership, policy and planning and institutional administration. I have presented several scholarly papers at local, national and international conferences, published in reputable journals and have written relevant texts in Educational Management. Apart from conducting research and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy, my other administrative experience covers: project/research supervision; academic programme development; committee work at the, Department, College, Faculty and University levels; and students advisor. While in the College, I held the positions of head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Acting Dean, member, Academic Board and Deputy Director Centre for Higher Programmes; State Facilitator, National Immunization Coverage Survey (NICS) 2006. Presently, a member of Faculty Board of Examiners, Board of Studies and Postgraduate Committee. National President, Alumni Association, and member, Governing Council, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos. Besides, a Management Consultant to Educational Institutions and Agencies. I am a member of the following professional organizations: British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society; Nigeria Institute of Management; Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning; Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa; National Council for Educational Innovation and Development; and National Association of Professional Educators.


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