Study shows deterioration in higher education

The state of Israel’s higher education has steadily deteriorated over past decades, according to a new study released by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel last Monday, ahead of the beginning of the academic year, writes Danielle Ziri for The Jerusalem Post.

The study, which is part of the Taub Center’s forthcoming State of the Nation Report 2013, was conducted by Professor Dan Ben-David as an update of his previous research on the subject in 2008. It revealed that Israel’s top universities have fewer senior faculty positions today than they did four decades ago.

The figures showed that between 1973 and 2010, Israel’s population increased by 133%, the student population in its research universities expanded by 157% and the number of students in Israel’s entire higher education system – including colleges – rose by 428%. Yet, the number of senior faculty in research universities rose by only 9%, while the overall number of senior academic faculty in all colleges and universities rose by only 40%.
Full report on The Jerusalem Post site