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ERIC Number: EJ803360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
An Outsider's View of Governance Models
Trakman, Leon
Academe, v94 n3 p41-43 May-Jun 2008
Most colleges and universities across the British Commonwealth and the United States face crises of confidence in their leadership or their financial systems at some stage in their evolution. This article offers a brief reflection on some governance issues in higher education from the perspective of a Canadian who has served as a dean of law in Australia and who was educated and has taught in the United States and Canada. Governance problems often have common roots and similar attributes and can lead to similar results. Some governance problems are distinctly structural, arising, for example, when large boards of governors represent many different, and competing, interest groups. Many are financial, such as those that arise from government cutbacks or declining enrollment. Some crises relate to the nature of governance models themselves. Some governance models are autocratic, not collaborative enough, while others may be cumbersome, involving too many constituencies in the institution's decision-making process. Each crisis raises the question of whether the development of good governance practices could have averted the crisis or mitigated its impact. College and university governing bodies should understand, and take advantage of, opportunities to develop good governance practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom; United States