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Gornitzka, Åse; Maassen, Peter – Higher Education Quarterly, 2017
The article introduces this special issue of Higher Education Quarterly in which results of a research project on "European Flagship Universities: Balancing Academic Excellence and Socio-economic Relevance" are presented and discussed. The Flagship project aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the relationship between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Educational Quality, Educational Change
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Maassen, Peter; Gornitzka, Åse; Fumasoli, Tatiana – Higher Education Quarterly, 2017
In this article we discuss recent university reforms aimed at enhancing university autonomy, highlighting various tensions in the underlying reform ideologies. We examine how the traditional interpretation of university autonomy has been expanded in the reform rationales. An analytical framework for studying how autonomy is interpreted and used…
Descriptors: Universities, Educational Change, Institutional Autonomy, Models
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Aarrevaara, Timo; Wikström, Janne; Maassen, Peter – Higher Education Quarterly, 2017
Research-intensive universities are operating in an environment of conflicting goals and priorities. Their status in research as well as education is dependent on their performance in various global arenas where performance can be measured with relatively clear indicators. However, success in operations outside the primary tasks of the academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Departments, Educational Practices
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Gornitzka, Åse; Maassen, Peter; de Boer, Harry – Higher Education Quarterly, 2017
This article discusses changes with respect to university governance structures in six comprehensive universities in Europe. We present an analytical framework on the basis of which we conduct a comparative analysis of the university governance structures along four different dimensions: (a) the internal democratic nature of the governance…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Governance, Comparative Analysis
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Maassen, Peter – Higher Education Quarterly, 2017
One can observe a growing external pressure on universities to become more responsive to society through proactively engaging in various types of competition--competing for students, staff, external funding, and for academic prestige and status. The ensuing reform agendas aim at changing the intra-university governance structures for stimulating…
Descriptors: Universities, Governance, College Administration, Educational Change