ERIC Number: EJ763543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 31
Collegial Participation in University Governance: A Case Study of Institutional Change
Meyer, Luanna H.
Studies in Higher Education, v32 n2 p225-235 Apr 2007
New Zealand universities have undergone significant structural change accompanied by declining public funding and increasing demands for accountability in recent years. In 2000, one of the country's largest universities redirected resources and funding in a "repositioning" exercise that resulted in redundancies and other consequences affecting staff. Legal action led to an out-of-court settlement to review academic policy making, the first such review in the country. This case study of institutional change to constitutional structures and decision processes illustrates ongoing tensions between conventional academic processes of collegial participation in governance versus managerial approaches influenced by business sector models. Implementation of agreed change was slow, and accompanied by signs of persistent and deep divisions in philosophy regarding the purpose and nature of the university. Nevertheless, preliminary evidence suggests limited but successful outcomes that promise both shared academic governance as well as effective management. Relevant theory and research on collegial and academic decision making offer some validation for the longer timelines that occurred, as well as support for the value of problem-solving alternative models of academic policy making in a modern university.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Organizational Change, Governance, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Collegiality, Diversity (Institutional), Revision (Written Composition), Policy Formation, Program Implementation, Transformational Leadership, Case Studies, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand