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From Public University Dominance to Private University Policy Initiatives in Nigeria: the Push and Pull Factors.

Gboyega, Ilusanya; Oyebade, Stephen Adebanjo

Abstract:
This study evaluated the precipitating and debilitating factors that operated in the emergence and growth of the private university system in Nigeria. It was guided by four research questions which concerned enrolment pattern in seven pre-2003 private universities, University Matriculation Examination students’ preferences for them and the factors that encouraged and discouraged their emergence and growth in Nigeria. Data were gathered from published documents, research reports, government releases, memos, newspapers and the Internet and then analysed qualitatively, using tables and simple percentage computations. The study found that the private university system, having suffered an initial setback in the 1980s, has renewed success today because of the obvious failure of the public university system to adequately address multiple problems such as access, quality, funding, strikes, cultism, stability of the academic calendar, amongst others, which have been more directly addressed by the private system. However, it was noted that the private system is prohibitively expensive for the majority of qualified but indigent prospective applicants. The study recommends that, in addition to special scholarship programmes, a special student aid programme be designed for those interested, to be accompanied by a traceable and institutionalized repayment system based on models found in certain other developed countries.

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Document Title: From Public University Dominance to Private University Policy Initiatives in Nigeria: the Push and Pull Factors.
Institution: National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) and University of Lagos
City and Country: Lagos, Nigeria


Date:2009
Document Type:Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Private Colleges and Universities, Public Colleges and Universities, Private Higher Education, Quality of Higher Education, Quality, Access to Higher Education, Financing of Higher Education, Funding of Higher Education, Student behaviour, Unethical Conduct, Cultism


File Size:123 KB
Rights:Permission granted by authors
Date Added:22 December 2009


Gboyega, Ilusanya; Oyebade, Stephen Adebanjo (2009). From Public University Dominance to Private University Policy Initiatives in Nigeria: the Push and Pull Factors. a research paper contributed by National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) and University of Lagos.