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Governing Higher Education Today
International Perspectives

ISBN 9781138366992
Published May 30, 2019 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

International growth in higher education, the introduction of new providers and increased public and state interest in university structures, levels of fees and funding models have made governance in higher education a vital and sometimes controversial topic.

Governing Higher Education Today provides challenging perspectives on the longer-term dynamics and policy trends in a world market for higher education. Through international perspectives and case studies, it considers:

  • The emerging national responses, which are likely to shape institutional governance in the next decade.
  • An analysis of the trends and strategic directions in governance and policy in higher education.
  • Insights from practising thought leaders on the future of higher education governance and policy.
  • Traditions and values within higher education governance.
  • Lessons and trends in the interaction of institutions and government.

Whether you sit on a governing body, work in a university leadership role or in a governance or policy team, teach or study higher education, Governing Higher Education Today provides a thoughtful yet practical guide to the future of university governance with international applicability.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors



Introduction: Located Voices

Part I:

Different Voices

Chapter 1: The role and perspective of a UK Chair of the Governing Body

Chris Sayers

Chapter 2: The University Secretary: at the heart of governance

Tony Strike

Chapter 3: Higher Education Governance and Policy on trial

Jonathan W. Nicholls

Part II:

Global Perspectives

Chapter 4: Changing Governance Models in North American Higher Education

Robert A. Scott

Chapter 5: Shaping European Universities: A perspective from the Netherlands

Stephan van Galen

Chapter 6: Diverging Governance Models in a devolved system: case studies from Scotland and Wales

Rebecca Davies and Gerald Webber

Chapter 7: Changing University Governance in South Africa

David J. Hornsby and Ruksana Osman

Chapter 8: Changing Governance Models in Australian Universities

Giconda di Lorenzo and Julie Wells

Chapter 9: Can there be a universal framework of Good Governance

Nina Atwal, Mark Butler, Divia Mattoo and Michael Wood

Part III:

The English Experiment

Chapter 10: How current trends in UK Corporate Governance might influence future higher education governance and policy

Lorraine Young

Chapter 11: The legal framework for University governance in England: how to understand, comply and build on it

Smita Jamdar

Chapter 12: The development and purpose of Corporate Governance Codes

John Rushforth

Chapter 13: Regulating Higher Education markets: the English policy experiment as a case study

David Palfreyman

Part IV:

Elements of Governance

Chapter 14: Public Good(s), Public Benefit and the Public Interest: A Critical Examination of Three Public Purposes of English Universities

Adam Dawkins

Chapter 15: Effectiveness and Effectiveness Reviews

Andy Shenstone

Chapter 16: Assurance of academic standards and quality by and beyond the academy

John Rushforth

Chapter 17: A focus on Performance and Risk: the light and shade of trust and accountability

Tony Strike



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Tony Strike is University Secretary at the University of Sheffield, UK and a member of the executive boards of the European Higher Education Society (EAIR) and the UK Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA).

Jonathan Nicholls is University Secretary at the Open University and was successively the Registrar of the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the Registrary of the University of Cambridge. He was Chair of the UK’s Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA).

John Rushforth is Executive Secretary of the Committee for University Chairs (CUC) and until 2014 was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Clerk to the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England.