The rapidly evolving and less predictable operating environment means that the role and responsibilities for those responsible for academic governance continues to increase. Members of governing bodies in all higher education (HE) providers need to have confidence in their academic governance, especially given their duty to provide academic assurance, which requires members to rely on the institution’s academic governance arrangements.
You can successfully navigate this complex and changing landscape with an academic governance review. Undertake a review to ensure that:
- academic standards are maintained
- academic quality is defined and monitored
- quality of provision is systematically improved.
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The importance of academic governanceAcademic governance involves the personnel, structures, policies and relationships that regulate the management and conduct of teaching, learning and research in a higher education provider. It is a system that ensures the institution’s standards are maintained, quality is defined and monitored, and there is continuous improvement.”
Advance HE Insight Guide: governing bodies and academic assurance, 2017
The 3-stage academic governance review
Informed by our framework for academic governance and drawing upon our extensive pool of governance experts we work with you to evaluate effective academic governance.
Stage 1: enablers
Stage 2: relationships
Stage 3: behaviours and outcomes
Reviewing Academic Governance in HE: a framework
Our approach to our Academic Governance Reviews is based on our framework ‘Reviewing Academic Governance in HE’. This framework sets out some key factors for the consideration of academic governance effectiveness and is intended as a tool to support higher education institutions and further education colleges delivering higher education in their own effectiveness reviews. It draws on work by Advance HE and the Committee of University Chairs (CUC).
The framework has been developed to guide managers and governing bodies as they seek to review the effectiveness of academic governance. Members of governing bodies in all higher education providers need to have confidence in academic governance given that they now have a specific duty to provide academic assurance – an assurance that requires members to rely on the institution’s academic governance arrangements.
Unrivalled expertise in HE governance
In addition to our well-established Governor Development Programme, we are embedded in the governance policy landscape. Our direct engagement with individual governors, Chairs and national bodies such as CUC, CSC, AHUA, UUK and Universities Scotland allows us to ensure we have a thorough understanding of what the external policy environment means for good governance.
We have externally facilitated a wide range of HEI governing body effectiveness reviews. Our experience in understanding matters relating to academic governance and the interface between Council and Senate is also extensive.
In 2016-17 we were commissioned by the funding bodies in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to undertake a two-year project to examine approaches and identify good practice in relation to academic governance in higher education institutions. Following the success of this project, we have been recommissioned to undertake a new project for HEFCE to recommend baseline arrangements of academic governance for alternative providers in England.
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