Archive for governance

Using culture to understand how the academy is governed

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“William Tierney’s book, The Impact of Culture on Organizational Decision Making (Stylus 2008), discusses the importance of using a cultural lens on the governance of higher education institutions …” (more)

[Bryan Gopaul, Academic Matters, 31 January]

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Ramshackle governance?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“One of the more outspoken UK academics specialising in higher education policy is Professor Roger Brown of Liverpool Hope University. He is an interesting participant in debates on higher education not least because of his background, having been a Vice-Chancellor of one university, having also worked in a several others, and having been chief executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, the forerunner of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). He has not been afraid to express views that run counter to current fashion …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 February]

Academic Governance – Strategic or Mimicry

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The unprecedented removal of two vice-chancellors from UK universities has raised serious questions about governance of universities in general and their associated authorities, and about whether new forms of governance are now required for universities in Ireland. Many observers are examining the cases of Martin Everett at the University of East London (UEL) and Simon Lee at Leeds Metropolitan University in an effort to understand why these leaders of academic institutions became objects of intense scrutiny and speculation …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 22 May]

How universities are run

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It seems to me that one of the big debates that should take place, both in Ireland and elsewhere, over the next few years is what model of governance and management is most appropriate for higher education institutions. There are of course many different possible models, and many points of view amongst all the stakeholders. But one might say that on the opposite ends of the spectrum are, on the one side, those who would argue that universities are communities of scholars who should direct their own affairs by consensus, presided over by a primus inter pares with mainly ceremonial functions; and on the other side, those who argue that today’s universities are modern organisations that need to be led by a strong management responsible to corporate-style governing boards, with appropriate functions and powers delegated to a series of middle managers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 April]

New master plan needed for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 16 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The recent announcement of the UCD/TCD research hub with its quite extraordinary prediction of the creation of some 30,000 jobs over these next 10 years, together with the apparently imminent Government announcement of the reintroduction of third-level fees, highlights the urgent necessity for a root-and-branch analysis of our higher education system. There is a need for a debate to arrive at a thoughtful and forward-looking definition of the public purpose of higher education so that we have a clear understanding of the role of the higher education institutions in our society and, conversely, of the Government’s understanding of what it expects from them, and having achieved that, to institute a process of accountability to monitor their adherence to an agreed programme …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 16 April]

Where power lies

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 April 2009 by Steve

UK“They were perhaps the biggest stories in higher education in the past year outside the research assessment exercise. The vice-chancellors of two large universities left their posts in acrimonious circumstances. Observers poring over the cases of Martin Everett at the University of East London and Simon Lee at Leeds Metropolitan University quickly began to point the finger at governors, who became objects of intense scrutiny and speculation. ‘Many people are watching the (UEL) story with interest as it strikes a chord on understanding the relationship of v-cs to their governing bodies,’ said a Times Higher Education reader in a recent online posting. Lee was forced out after a row with the chair of governors over the level of undergraduate tuition fees charged by the university; Everett after complaints of poor leadership, despite 36 senior academics signing a petition demanding he be reinstated. The two departures left many questioning whether the priorities of the governing boards, the majority of whose members are businessmen and women, were sufficiently well aligned with academic priorities …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 16 March]

University Governance – Taking a page out of the Bankers Book!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 23 February 2009 by Steve

“The state of Governance in Irish Universities since the introduction of the Universities Act, 1997 has been the subject of recent commentary within the wider media. With the disclosure of serious revelations about governance within Anglo Irish Bank, the Banking Regulatory Authorities and the state Board FAS, many are now seriously questioning what is the appropriate role of a Governing Authority within an Irish University. The 1997 Act specifically established the Governing Authority to ensure that proper accountability was in place for the actions of a President and senior management not only to oversee fiscal responsibility and budgetary compliance but also to guarantee that the functions of a university are performed by or on the directions of its governing authority. These functions include …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 23 February]