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Higher Education Management and Policy

Institutional Management in Higher Education

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Previously published as Higher Education Management, Higher Education Management and Policy (HEMP) is published three times each year and is edited by the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education. It covers the field through articles and reports on such issues as quality assurance, human resources, funding, and internationalisation. It also is a source of information on activities and events organised by OECD’s IMHE Programme.

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Keywords: university, policy, administration, institutional, higher, education, practical, practice, management, policies, tertiary

Four basic dilemmas in university governance reform

Institutional Management in Higher Education

Since the mid 1980s, modernising university governance has been a constant item on the political agenda of most countries, often followed by reforms attempting to change how universities are managed and led. However, when considering the effects of the many initiatives taken, a rather complex picture appears with respect to the scope and depths of the changes occurring. The article identifies four basic dilemmas, and shows how they are manifested in a number of countries where such reforms have been implemented. In the conclusion, it is argued how the four dilemmas can shed more light on the complexities associated with university governance reform.



Quatre dilemmes fondamentaux dans la réforme de la gouvernance universitaire



Depuis le milieu des années 1980 et dans la plupart des pays, la question de la modernisation de la gouvernance universitaire n’a jamais quitté l’agenda politique et a souvent été suivie de réformes visant à changer la méthode de gestion et de direction des universités. Toutefois, l’analyse des nombreuses initiatives menées depuis laisse apparaître une image assez complexe de la portée et de la profondeur des changements qu’elles ont occasionnés.



Cet article identifie quatre dilemmes fondamentaux, et illustre dans quelle mesure ceux-ci émergent dans un certain nombre de pays où de telles réformes ont été mises en place. En conclusion, l’article indique que les quatre dilemmes peuvent offrir un éclairage sur les complexités liées à la réforme de la gouvernance universitaire.

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