ERIC Number: EJ925045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 43
What Do We Do about University Governance?
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v15 n2 p53-58 2011
There has been a resurgence of interest in good practice in university governance. This may be due to a number of high profile vice-chancellor (and governor) departures, and especially the crisis at London Metropolitan University, where the Vice-Chancellor resigned in March 2009 following overclaimed public funding as a result of inaccurately reported completion rates. The Funding Council insisted that the governors went as well. Other early vice-chancellor departures over the past two years have included City, Cumbria, East Anglia, East London, Gloucestershire and Leeds Metropolitan Universities, University of Wales Lampeter, Imperial College and Royal Holloway University of London. This paper reviews some of the literature that has emerged to see whether it deals with weaknesses in the current arrangements, and argues that it does not: that it is essentially about making a flawed system a little less flawed, and that instead some rather more fundamental questions need to be asked about what is the best system of governance for universities.
Descriptors: Governance, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Leadership Styles, College Administration, Models, Barriers, Performance Technology, Administrative Change, Organizational Change, Leadership Effectiveness, Organizational Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)