Assessment, evaluation and improvement of university council performance

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Armstrong, Anona and Unger, Zita (2009) Assessment, evaluation and improvement of university council performance. Evaluation journal of Australasia, 9 (1). pp. 46-54. ISSN 1035-719X


Higher education is the third-biggest export industry in Australia. Hence, the quality of the governance of educational institutions is of major concern to the Australian Government. Although evaluation of board performance is now used widely in both the private and public sectors, little attention has been given to its application in university contexts. This article addresses this gap. It describes a comparative analysis of various criteria used to conduct board assessments with a framework developed in Australia to guide evaluation of a university council’s performance. In particular, it describes the components of the University Council Assessment Questionnaire. This article concludes by making some recommendations about how the use of assessment can contribute to improving a council’s performance.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Keywords ResPubID17746. higher education, governance of educational institutions, university governance, board performance, board assessments, university council, university council performance, national governance protocols, university boards, decision making in higher education, best practice, council’s performance, university assessment, Australian, Australia
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