Practice Advice on Education Policy
Devolving Responsibility for Financial and Human Resource Management (OECD advice for Greece)
Description: The OECD advises governments to devolve responsibility for financial and human resource management in the higher education sector to the educational institutions, and redesigning funding models with an accountability framework.
Commentary: The OECD describes block grants to institutions for financial and human resource management as consistent with best practice in EU and OECD countries. The OECD described this best practice in their 2011 report "Education Policy Advice for Greece," in which they also issued the following advice related to this best practice:
- Governments should shift away from ex ante controls of staff appointments and salary conditions to ex post enforcement, holding institutional governing boards accountable for compliance with government policies and regulations.
- Reform the basic compensation for academic staff to encompass all sources of payment, and provide for a major portion of the salary to count for contributions to social benefits and pensions.
- Governments should develop different criteria and methodologies for allocations of the operating budgets, including funding for salaries and a component for performance based funding, drawing on best practice in EU and OECD countries.
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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