Governance and trust in higher education
Vidovich, L. and Currie, J. (2011) Governance and trust in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 36 (1). pp. 43-56.
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The adoption of more corporate models of governance is a contemporary trend in higher education. In the early 2000s, the Australian Government legislated national governance protocols for universities, using the policy lever of financial sanctions. These more corporate-style governance protocols followed similar changes in the UK, consistent with a historical pattern of Australia borrowing policy 'on trust' from its former colonial ruler. However, the Australian approach represented much tighter government regulation than in the UK. This article employs a conceptual lens of trust to analyse changing policy on governance in Australian higher education. Analysis reveals that national governance protocols contributed to a culture of mistrust across the sector, although the dynamics of trust-mistrust relationships were complex and included apparent trust 'settlements' between particular stakeholder groups. This analysis offers another step in nascent investigations into trust and the governance of higher education.
|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Murdoch Affiliation:||Centre for Social and Community Research|
|Publisher:||Carfax Publishing Ltd.|
|Copyright:||© 2011 Society for Research into Higher Education|
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