Saturday, 9 May 2015

Preview of Theme 3: Governance including the Student Voice

The final theme that we will be exploring on the Study Tour is university governance. Arrangements for goverance in both public and private HEIs will be explored, as well as their legal basis.

It can be all too easy to assume that the issues and arrangments made in Anglo-Saxon (where most of the Governance literature in general arises from) apply everywhere. Therefore contrasting UK arrangements with those in Poland should be revealing given the differences in history and legal systems.

In addition, we have an interest in how the student voice feeds into the governance and management of Polish HEIs, and how this has evolved with the development of the sector since the end of the Cold War.

Questions under this theme would include (in no particular order):

Governance and Legal Framework
  • What are the structures of governance in Polish universities?
  • How has the governance of Polish HEIs changed post-communism?
  • What is the legal framework that HEIs operate under? Are there differences between groups of HEIs?
  • Are there significant difference in the above between public and private sector HEIs?
  • What are the forms of ownership in the private sector Polish HEIs (e.g. private equity, publically traded shares, charity, state owned etc.)?
  • How do stakeholders influence university strategy?
  • How do issues such as academic misconduct and disciplinary issues operate under this framework?
The student voice
  • What importance is attached to the student experience at the institution and how do professional development policies and practices impact on this?  
  • What impact, if any, has there been on the focus on services to students, including issues of resource, structures, etc?
  • To what extent do Polish universities involve students in making decisions about the non-academic aspects of their provision?
  • How do universities engage with their students?  On what kinds of issues?  At what level (eg informally, at course or programme level, through student representatives, by students being members of key committees)?
To this end, we will be hoping to meet members of university governance team, academic members of university governance committees and where possible, representatives of student bodies.

Always, comments and contributions are welcome.

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