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ERIC Number: EJ879298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Leadership, Governance and Management: Challenges for the Future of Higher Education
Melville-Ross, Tim
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v14 n1 p3-6 Jan 2010
In the private sector, it is clear that the chair is in charge of the board and the CEO in charge of the company. But in the author's view the chair's principal role is to act as an adviser or counsellor to the CEO and senior colleagues--hence the wisdom of having a chair who is involved in other organisations and the preference for people of a certain age with wide experience. The position is much the same at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and in his experience at a university too, where effective boards, and especially effective relationships between chairs and chief executives/vice-chancellors, greatly improve the prospects of institutional success. The current global financial climate provides monumental challenges for anyone in a leadership position in higher education (HE): (1) the most difficult economic circumstances that any of them has experienced; (2) the importance of the role of HE in helping to deal with these; (3) increasing demands from students for a truly valuable "student experience"; (4) increasing demands from society for HEIs to find solutions to the problems, and not just economic ones; (5) increasing competition between HEIs and between national HE systems; (6) demographic change; and (7) political change. How will these factors impact on leadership, governance and management (LGM) in the sector? The overriding focus will be on building institutional capacity to manage in a faster-paced and agile environment with greater complexity. This will lead in turn to new leadership models, broader resourcing strategies and more effective (more "effective," not more intrusive) governance oversight. HE leaders should not assume that the world as they knew it will simply return after the world economic crisis. There are real challenges and opportunities to remodel institutions, and these require investment in LGM capacity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)