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International Journal of Education and Practice

February 2015, Volume 3, 2, pp 104-113

Regulatory Roles of the National Universities Commission and the Quality of Nigerian University Education

Ibijola, Elizabeth Yinka

Ibijola, Elizabeth Yinka 1

  1. Department of Educational Foundations and Management, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria 1

Pages: 104-113

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61/2015.3.2/61.2.104.113

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Abstract:

The Regulatory Roles of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the quality of Nigerian University Education was investigated in this study. The study employed a descriptive survey design research. The population consisted of public Nigerian universities. Samples were made up of 1,500 subjects, consisting of 200 students each, randomly selected from six public universities in South-West Nigeria and 50 staff members (teaching and non-teaching) from each of the six universities selected. The findings of the study established a moderate level of NUC performance of its regulatory roles, a corresponding moderate level of quality of Nigerian university education, and a significant relationship between NUC performance of its regulatory roles and the quality of Nigerian university education. Based on the findings of the study, conclusions were drawn and it was recommended that the government should encourage the National Universities Commission to put up optimal performance and an acceptable credibility to demand compliance from Nigerian universities.  


Contribution/ Originality
The paper’s primary contribution is finding that the quality of Nigerian university education is not poor as perceived by most stakeholders in education, and that there existed a significant relationship between the performances of the regulatory agency and quality of university education. It complements the literature in the area investigated.

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Funding:

This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The author declare that there are no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgement:

The Researcher used this forum to appreciate and acknowledge the contributions of Dr. (Mrs) Akomolafe, Comfort Olufunke, who was the Researcher’s PhD supervisor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Management, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti,

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