ERIC Number: EJ1072154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing the Role and Structure of Academic Senates in Canadian Universities, 2000-2012
Pennock, Lea; Jones, Glen A.; Leclerc, Jeff M.; Li, Sharon X.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v70 n3 p503-518 Sep 2015
Academic governance is an important dimension of institutional self-governance. This paper reports on the findings of a new study of university senates (academic councils) in Canadian universities in order to analyze changes in structure and in senate members' perceptions of the structure and role of senates over the last decade. Following the basic design of a similar study in 2000, this study reveals that there have been modest changes to the structure and organizational arrangements of many Canadian university senates over the last 10 years, including the rationalization and reform of the committee structures at many institutions. Findings of the study suggest the importance of senate orientation programming, the need for better oversight and assessment of academic quality, some confusion or ambiguity about the respective roles of board, senate and the administration, and continuing controversy about the proper role of the senate in strategic planning, financial, research, and fund-raising issues and activities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Governance, College Governing Councils, Group Structure, Committees, Educational Quality, Role, Strategic Planning, Fund Raising
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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