ERIC Number: EJ1023399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
Academic Boards: Less Intellectual and More Academic Capital in Higher Education Governance?
Studies in Higher Education, v38 n9 p1274-1289 2013
A historically informed analysis of the academic board or senate in Australian universities, and in the wider higher education environment, particularly the UK, indicates that the role and function of academic boards has fundamentally changed in the past 30 years. Within the context of universities being repositioned to serve global knowledge economies, a comparison between contemporary university governance structures and those from the 1960s and the 1990s provides evidence of a significant diminution of the power and status of boards relative to executive management, and a heightened focus on the functions of academic quality assurance. As Bourdieu would suggest, academic boards continue to hold more symbolic than real power, due to the rise of academic rather than intellectual capital. Consequently, academic boards have become a key site of struggle over the role and function of the multinational corporate university and academic work.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Colleges, Governance, College Administration, College Governing Councils, Knowledge Economy, Higher Education, Personality, Power Structure, Economic Factors, Educational History, Quality Assurance
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom