VICE- CHANCELLORS’ APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES AND ADMINISTRATIVE EFFECTIVENESS IN KWARA STATE UNIVERSITIES

Rasheedat Modupe Oladimeji, Musibau Abiodun Oladejo

Abstract


This paper examines Vice-Chancellors’ appointment procedures and administrative effectiveness in Kwara State Universities and it highlights the importance of tertiary institutions as stated in National Policy on Education (2014). The paper traced the origin of Educational institutions in Nigeria, the establishment of the first primary school in 1842, first secondary school in 1859 as well as the first higher institution - Yaba Higher College in 1934, before the advert of the first Premier University in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan in 1948. It was submitted that choosing to the post of Vice-Chancellor should be based on merit, unlike what happens today where choosing are influenced by political affiliations and other extraneous factors. Ethnicity/Tribalism were also identified as factors influencing the appointment of Vice-Chancellors, which in many cases resulted into appointing a wrong candidate that led to campus uprising and disobedience of students to the constituted authority. The choosing criteria are spelt out for the would-be Vice-Chancellor such as setting up of Vision and Mission, Innovation, Management techniques, motivational skills and experiences but all these qualities were not fully adhered to, thus appointing wrong candidates as the Vice-Chancellor. An effective Vice-Chancellor would support learning and development of all staff, foster creativity, learning curiosity in lecturers and help them in their three core areas, Teaching, Research and Community development.


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Vice-chancellors, appointment procedures, administrative effectiveness, Kwara State Universities.

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