An Investigation of Influential Factors of the Funding Amount of the Higher Education Sprout Project Using the Public Information of University Affairs
The Ministry of Education (MOE) of Taiwan started to implement the widely concerned “Higher Education Sprout Project” (HESP) in 2018 to guide all universities and colleges to focus on feature development and talent cultivation. In addition, since 2017 the MOE has constructed the public information platform of university affairs to disclose important information to the public in order to assist the public to understand and monitor the functions of universities. The above-mentioned HEAP’s funding is also subject to the information on the platform. The stakeholders of higher education are deeply concerned about what the public information is which turns out to be the deciding factors in the funding amount of HESP. In light of the above concerns and by means of secondary data analysis, this study used the public information of university affairs provided by the platform in 2017 and the funding amount of HESP in 2018 to examine the issues of HESP funding allocation and the direction of efforts for universities to increase their funding amount. The four main findings of this study are: 1. There are five deciding factors in the funding amount of HESP—the total amount of funding that each university is granted from a variety of projects as well as the average amount of project funding of each faculty member, the number of graduates, the monetary amount derived from all intellectual property rights of each university, the ratio of income from student tuition and fees to total income, and the number of patent application, new products and patent licensing number; 2. The above five critical factors can be categorized into instruction and research; 3. The funding allocation does not accord closely with the original purposes of HESP; 4. The strengthening of the five critical factors will help a university to obtain more HESP funds. Based on the findings, this study suggests: 1. The MOE of Taiwan should more objectively collect data and develop information to guide the universities to focus on feature development and talent cultivation; 2. The MOE of Taiwan should timely assess HESP’s performance and development to adjust its funding allocation and avoid the Matthew effect of funding; 3. As “God helps those who help themselves”, in order to get more funding, all universities should pay more attention not only to fortifying the critical factors but also to collecting more useful information by their own efforts.
|關鍵詞||大專校院校務公開資訊、次級資料研究、高等教育深耕計畫、績效指標、競爭性經費、public information of university affairs、secondary data analysis、Higher Education Sprout Project (HESP)、performance indicator、competitive funding|