ERIC Number: ED357670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Governance and Incorporation: Style and Strategy. Mendip Papers.
Kedney, R. J.
In view of the expanding powers of college governing bodies, it appeared timely to take stock of developments to date; and this paper examines such issues as the roles, responsibilities, and liabilities of individual governors, discussing them in the context of, and as they relate to, the emerging corporate style and strategy of the board. Also examined is the premise that if the responsibilities of individual governors and the strategy of the board are consciously chosen and shared, consideration can be given to how this strategy may best be met and maintained. The paper discusses the powers, duties, and liabilities of governors, the nature of the board's involvement in college life and the internal political life and operation of the board, including its decisions as to what kind of governing body it wants to be. It is stressed that it is through the on-going conduct of their affairs that the governors' wishes will find expression. A number of decisions are discussed which demonstrate the governors' style and strategy in very tangible ways. In offering a range of alternative models for consideration, the paper identifies a number of practical issues which help to form working patterns with which governing boards may identify themselves. An American analysis has defined seven styles of governing body participation, from the "out to lunch" or rubber stamp board to the managerial board. Six types of internal operation are also described, as are the style of the governing body, various procedural matters, and the roles of key offices and advisers in relation to the board. Contains 15 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Administrators, College Administration, Decision Making, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Politics of Education
Staff College, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Staff Coll., Bristol (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)