Structures, Actors and Roles


Manja Klemenčič, Jens Jungblut, Ulrich Müller, Mathias Winde


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  • Student Representation in European Higher Education Governance: Principles and Practice, Roles and Benefits

    Manja Klemenčič

    This article considers the state of student representation and student participation in institutional governance in Europe. (1) It reviews the formal provisions for – and good practices in – student representation. The underlying assumption here is that good governance of representative student organisations is a necessary but not sufficient condition for active and effective participation in institutional governance. (2) Next, the article addresses the conditions for an “enabling environment” for student participation. It discusses the formal provisions in place, as well as principles of good practice. (3) Finally it discusses the reasons for the notable differences in actual practices and modes of participation in institutional governance. It links these differences to different (and changing) conceptions of students held by the HEIs: as “members of the community”; as “constituency” or “stakeholders”; as “citizens” and “future elite”; and as “consumers”/“clients”/“users”; applying the typology developed by Luescher (2010a, 2010b) to the European context. The underlying aim of the article is to assist the future development of this area of governance through clarifying the concepts and contexts pertaining to the relationships between student representation and institutional governing bodies.

  • Student Participation in Higher Education Governance

    A Practitioner’s View of the Role of Student Organizations and Higher Education Institutions

    Jens Jungblut

    The article examines student participation in higher education governance from a practitioner’s point of view. It addresses student involvement in quality assurance processes as well as the more classical participation at different levels in higher education self-governance contexts. By providing the viewpoint of student representatives as well as non-student actors, it gives advice to both groups while asking when and where to involve students, whom to involve and how to involve them. The question of why students should participate in higher education policy processes will be considered in all of the aforementioned points.

  • Governing Boards in German Higher Education Institutions

    Purposes, Roles and Factors for Success or Failure

    Ulrich Müller, Mathias Winde

    The article gives an overview on the role of Governing Boards in Germany and on the factors contributing to the success of Governing Boards. As well as identifying stumbling blocks that are liable to hamper the work of Boards, the article offers hands-on tips for HEIs, Governing Boards and state representatives. The recommendations and food for thought offered here take stock of how different models and approaches have been used in Germany to date. The article is based on an indepth analysis of state regulations, an evaluation of the research literature and on qualitative interviews with experts and members of Governing Boards. Governing Boards are elements of Higher education Governance in many European countries. This article highlights the situation in Germany, or, to be more precise, the overall situation in the 16 different federal states in Germany. While some findings may be context-sensitive, most of the observations and conclusions can be applied to other Higher Education systems as well.

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