Factors Affecting Academic Quality in Nigerian Universities

By Modupe Adeola Adelabu and Femi Sunday Akinwumi.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Universities are viewed in many African countries as critical institutions for development where a wide range of subjects are taught to a high level thus producing a corps of educated elites to serve the community and the entire nation. Because of the down-ward trend in the quality of Nigeria’s higher education system, the government of Nigeria initiated a Higher Education Policy Reforms to infuse quality into the university system in order to bring back its old glory in line with international standards. This study identified some major factors that affect the quality of Nigeria’s university system, one of which is poor university funding which have impinged on provision of human and physical resources, poor students output. Other factors impinging quality examined in this study are the curriculum and effective teaching. This study adopted a qualitative research approach. Primary and Secondary data were collected and analysed using inferential statistics such as regression analysis, chi-square and t-test. The result showed that poor funding of higher education has a multiplier effect on quality of university education in Nigeria. The paper concluded by asking for government intervention in education with particular attention on finance.

Keywords: Academic Quality, University Strikes, Job Market Assessment, Funding

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.47-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 635.054KB).

Dr. Modupe Adeola Adelabu

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Head of Department, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun-State, Nigeria Dr. Dupe Adelabu holds a doctorate degree in Educational Administration. Dr. Adelabu is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She has published several articles in national and international journals. She has co-authored some books on education and also contributed to several books on education. She is Management Consultant, a Fellow of the Institute of Policy and Gender Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University. Dr. Adelabu is a consultant to the World Bank, the DFID, the Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria. She has been involved in various consultancy work on Education, Gender and Policy Related Issues at National and International levels. She has served as resource person for UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO on various educational issues. She was once a board member of National Teachers Insstitute. Nigeria,

Dr. Femi Sunday Akinwumi

Senior Lecturer, Educational Management, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria

Dr. Akinwumi holds a PhD in Personnel Administration and a senior lecturer of Educational Administration in the University of Ibadan. He has published several articles in National and International Journals.

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