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 (HEIs) and Further Education Corporations (FECs) delivering higher education in their own effectiveness reviews. It draws on work by the Advance HE and 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. The guidance is contextualised for higher education institutions but the general principles may help FECs seeking to review the governance of their higher education provision. 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 which requires members to rely on the institution’s academic governance arrangements.