Planning , Research & Development
The Deputy Director for Planning, Research and Development heads the Department of Planning Research and Development and reports directly to the Director-General;
The Department of Planning, Research, & Development of the National Commission on Higher Education is charged with planning the activities and programs, and the design and implementation of projects for the NCHE. The Department was established in 2018 to satisfy two objectives: 1) to adopt best practices as a means to place the NCHE on par with other Higher Education regulatory authorities within the West African sub-region and other regions, and 2) to enhance the Commission’s effectiveness and productivity for quality outputs within the higher education system.
The Department of Planning, Research & Development (PRD) is headed by a Deputy Director General for Planning, Research, & Development. The Deputy Director General is assisted by two (2) Directors (Planning, and Research & Institutional Development), both of whom are also assisted by Assistant Directors for Planning and Research. There is also a Project Officer, charged with the conduct of projects; and a Coordinator for Higher Education Management & Information Statistics (HEMIS), charged with collection and management of statistics on higher education institutions. The HEMIS Coordinator is assisted by a Data Analyst whose role includes the compilation, tabulation, and analysis of raw data from the HEIs.
Terms of Reference
- Heads the Planning Committee of the NCHE to formulate plans and policies for the improvement of the higher education sub-sector;
- Designs, develops, and coordinates policies, procedures, and activities for reviewing and updating national higher education programs;
- Conducts Higher Education Management Information Statistics (HEMIS) annual data collection on all tertiary institutions and maintains a database on the higher education sector;
- Directs the design and planning of appropriate research projects relevant to the NCHE and the higher education sector;
- Prepares an annual work plan for NCHE, reflecting the activities to be implemented within a given period;
- Initiates and coordinates programs for staffs development as a means to enhance a functional and sustainable workforce for efficiency and productivity;
- Participates as a member in the planning and budgeting processes to determine resource availability for operational activities ensuring inter-linkages between plan, programs and strategic development goals;
- Provides substantive advice and information to the Director-General on statutory matters, relating to policy;
- Performs other functions as delegated by the Director-General.
Since its creation 2018, the Department of Planning, Research, & Development has been engaged with building a structure to enhance the effective implementation of its mandates and responsibilities. The Department has also been involved with the following:
- Collaboration with the Ministry of Education in reviewing the NCHE’s Sector Plan;
- Data collection on higher education institutions across the country;
- Playing a major role in revising the Draft Act to Amend the 1989 Higher Education Act
- Establishing a WhatsApp Platform (NCHE Planning Forum) for exchange of communication, and dissemination of information from the Department to the higher education institutions;
- Development of a Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Annual Report Template to be used by the institutions to submit their annual reports at the close of the year.
A. Joint Education Sector Review (JESR)
The Joint Education Sector Review is planned by the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with partners to look at progress made within the education sector in relation to goals that were set in previous plans facilitated by the partners and Government. The JESR also reviews priority programs identified by agencies for implementation within the education sector. The Planning Department, along with other Senior Staff members, participated in the 2019 Session held on November 5 – 9, 2019 in Ganta, Nimba County. At the 2019 JESR, the NCHE presented a set of priorities for consideration, including the revision of the 1989 Higher Education Act to make it meet contemporary realities of higher education, and to enable the Commission function effectively.
Other priorities of the NCHE at the 2019 JESR were, 1) Conduct higher education stakeholders’ Conference as a means to derive a new direction for higher education development, 2) Establish Quality Assurance Mechanisms at HEIs to enhance delivery of quality outputs, 3) Formulate Policy Guidelines on Financing Higher Education, and 4) Facilitate the conduct of Annual Survey on Higher Education Institutions.
B. Data Collection on Higher Education
Data collection is an annual activity for the Commission, and is designed to gather relevant statistical information from all higher education institutions (HEIs) for feeding into a databank to be accessed by researchers. However, the NCHE has not collected statistical data since 2017/2018 academic period, when the last statistics were collected. Meanwhile, the 2019/2020 edition of our HEMIS Data Collection is currently ongoing, and tabulation and analysis for final reporting will follow shortly.
C. Databank of Higher Education Information
Due to lack of budgetary support, the Commission has not been able to recruit the required staff for building and maintaining a databank. However, the Department of Planning, Research, & Development has developed the means for storing information on each HEI, in terms of profile, leadership, address, and contact information. This information has been found very useful by researchers in tracing the institutions for information.
D. Revised Draft Act to Amend the 1989 Act
The 1989 Act that created the National Commission on Higher Education has to a large extent become obsolete and inadequate in the running of higher education in the country. The NCHE has therefore made it a priority to craft a revision that will give the Commission a structure and authority to meaningfully address and handle higher education programs in line with other countries regionally or globally. The Department has been engaged with revising the draft to reflect the desire of current day tertiary education. The draft has been finalized and is now awaiting validation by stakeholders at the appropriate time to be planned by the NCHE.
S. Reginald Zunleh Mehnpaine (B.Sc, MA, Ed)
Deputy Director General
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