Practice Advice on Education Policy
Differentiating Public Subsidies among University Programs (OECD advice for Greece)
Description: The OECD reccomends that countries (or the responsible level of government) establish broad principles to differentiate levels of public subsidies across programs in the higher education sector.
Commentary: Some of the principles recommended by the OECD for differentiating levels of public subsidy across programs are:
- Higher levels of subsidy should be provided to highly relevant fields. Lower levels of subsidy should be provided to popular programs, and programs that have high private returns to graduates.
- All new academic programmes should be assessed for relevance in terms of labour market needs - this process should inform decisions concerning the level of public subsidy for each program.
- Ensuring the relevance to society of both new and existing programs requires a robust system of quality assurance.
Source: OECD (2011). Education Policy Advice for Greece, Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education, at
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264119581-en (accessed 2 January 2013).
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