1st Edition

Governance of Higher Education Global Perspectives, Theories, and Practices

By Ian Austin, Glen A. Jones Copyright 2016
    218 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Governance of Higher Education explores the work of traditional and contemporary higher education scholarship worldwide, providing readers with an understanding of the assumptions, historical traditions, and paradigms that have shaped the scholarship on governance. Bringing together the vast and disparate writings that form the higher education governance literature—including frameworks drawn from a range of disciplines and global scholarship—this book synthesizes the significant theoretical, conceptual, and empirical scholarship to advance the research and practice of governance. Coverage includes the structures of governance, cultures and practices, the collegial tradition, the new managed environment of the academy, and the politics and processes of governance. As universities across the globe face a myriad of challenges and multiple stakeholder demands, Governance of Higher Education offers scholars, practitioners, and higher education graduate students an essential resource for advancing research and the practice of governance.

    1. Conceptualizing Governance in Higher Education
    2. Theories of Governance: Institutions, Agency and External Influences
    3. Theories of Governance: Structure, Culture and Internal Dynamics
    4. State-University Governance: Concepts, Perspectives and Shifting Tides
    5. State-University Governance in Selected Countries
    6. Academic Self-governance: Concepts, theories and practices
    7. Governance as Politics and Processes
    8. Governing the Managed Enterprise
    9. New Issues and Challenges in Governance
    10. Concluding Observations and Reflections


    Ian Austin is the Deputy Director for Continuing and Professional Education at the University of the West Indies, Open Campus, Barbados.

    Glen A. Jones is Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement, and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.


    "This book is a masterful compilation of global theories and realities of academic governance. It provides a coherent discussion of the ideas behind university governance as well as the realities of the 21st century."  

    --Philip G. Altbach, Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA

    "Higher education is ever more important and in its governance (variously directed, managed, collegial and democratic) there is much at stake. Governance of Higher Education has done a marvelous job in opening a complex field to common scrutiny and understanding. It will be used throughout the world. Highly recommended."  

    --Simon Marginson, Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education and Professor of International Higher Education, University College London, UK

    "Based in theory and comparative in scope, Governance of Higher Education is a comprehensive and cutting-edge account of the topic. A resource for anyone interested in the ways in which higher education systems are organized and managed."

    --Brendan Cantwell, Assistant Professor of Educational Administration, Michigan State University, USA