Academic Governance in the Contemporary University

Perspectives from Anglophone nations

Authors: Rowlands, Julie

  • Skilfully uses theory to explain and analyse university governance, going beyond a simply descriptive account
  • Presents extensive empirical data from key national systems in the Anglophone world that facilitates a deeper understanding of changes in university governance
  • The focus on academic voice within changing university power relations addresses key issues of concern within contemporary universities
  • Concludes with practical suggestions for how academic governance can be strengthened
  • Written in clear, concise and accessible language
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About this book

This book addresses three central questions in contemporary university governance: (1) How and why has academic governance in Anglophone nations changed in recent years and what impact have these changes had on current practices? (2) How do power relations within universities affect decisions about teaching and research and what are the implications for academic voices? (3) How can those involved in university governance and management improve academic governance processes and outcomes and why is it important that they do so? 
The book explores these issues in clear, concise and accessible language that will appeal to higher education researchers and governance practitioners alike. It draws on extensive empirical data from key national systems in the Anglophone world but goes beyond the simply descriptive to analyse and explain. 

About the authors

Dr Julie Rowlands researches from within a critical sociology of education perspective in the areas of governance, higher education systems, academic quality assurance, education leadership and organisational change. Her work has been published in high-impact international journals including the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Studies in Education and Studies in Higher Education. Julie’s findings on academic boards have been used by a number of universities around Australia and internationally as a basis for board member education programs. Prior to her academic work, Julie served as a senior manager in higher education governance for more than 15 years. She is currently a senior lecturer in education leadership at the School of Education, Deakin University, where she is a member of the strategic research centre Research for Education Impact (REDI).

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“The book chronicles the changes in university governance in Anglophone systems in a thorough and systematic way. It brings together in one volume an analysis of the trends and issues facing the governance of the world’s major higher education systems. It is the only recent work that I know of which does this. The shift from “academic governance” to “executive governance” has been one of the most important changes facing higher education nearly everywhere. Rowlands’ documentation and analysis of these changes is deep and rich.” (Professor V. Lynn Meek, University of Melbourne)

“This is a much needed and carefully crafted comparative analysis of the UK, USA and Australia as to the changing role of academic boards or senates in university governance. Rowlands’ skillful use of theory in clear, accessible language goes to the heart of a troubling shift in power away from academics to the executive in the modern university in more regulated/deregulated and marketised contexts. Rowlands illustrates how academic boards or senates now function less as sites of debate and more in a performative role of quality assurance, thus symbolizing the weakening role of academics relative to executive leadership and management in decision-making about the core work of teaching and research, although with significant national differences.  The focus on the internal mechanisms of university governance highlights issues regarding academic freedom, institutional and professional autonomy, tenure, accountability, workload and student participation and how academic norms are moving towards commercial foci.” (Professor Jill Blackmore, Deakin University)

“In an era that has seen the decline of the professor and the rise of executive senior management, Julie Rowlands builds round a focus on the senate/academic board to examine how universities are run. She shines a light on power, where it resides, how it is exercised and what checks and balances exist. This illuminating book will be essential to courses on higher education management and key reading for those involved in governance, not least representatives of staff subject to New Public Management.” (Professor Ian McNay, University of Greenwich)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Changing Nature of the University Sector

    Rowlands, Julie

    Pages 3-24

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  • University Governance Within an International Context

    Rowlands, Julie

    Pages 25-45

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  • What Is Academic Governance?

    Rowlands, Julie

    Pages 47-69

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  • Comparing Academic Governance Across Anglophone Nations

    Rowlands, Julie

    Pages 71-90

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  • The Theoretical and Policy Context

    Rowlands, Julie

    Pages 91-110

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-2686-7
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Softcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Academic Governance in the Contemporary University
Book Subtitle
Perspectives from Anglophone nations
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2688-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2688-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-2686-7
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9682-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 247
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
Topics