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Funding of Higher Education in Nigeria

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International Journal of Educational Administration Volume 1 Number 1 (2009), pp. 59-68 © Research India Publications http://www.ripublication.com/ijea.htm

The Practice and Prospects of Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Universities in Nigeria: The Perspective of Academic Staff
Comfort Olufunke Akomolafe Department of Educational Foundations and Management, University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. E-MAIL: funkcomakom@yahoo.com

Abstract This paper presents the findings of a descriptive research conducted in universities in Nigeria. The purpose of the paper was to examine the practice, the criteria and prospects of accreditation of academic programmes in universities in Nigeria, from the perspective of academic staff. The sample consists of 130 academic staff, selected using multistage and simple random sampling techniques. The analysis and interpretation of the data indicated that, the practice of accreditation was adequate, the level of awareness of senior academic staff was high while the academic staff below senior lecturer have low level of awareness on the criteria of accreditation of academic programmes. The study also revealed the prospects of accreditation of academic programmes. It was recommended that academic staff should be made aware of criteria of accreditation regardless of their status through seminars and faculty lectures, and the professors assigned with the function of accreditation should show high level of commitment to enhance quality assurance in academic programmes.

Dr (Mrs) Comfort Olufunke Akomolafe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Management, University of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D degree in Educational Management. She is currently an Acting Head of Department of Educational Foundations and Management. She has many papers published in both national and international Journals and in conference proceedings. In her research and publications she focuses...


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