Supervision in 'modern' university governance: boards under scrutiny

H de Boer, Jeroen Huisman, C Meister-Scheytt

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One element of the recent reforms of higher education sectors across Europe is the formation of new governance structures in universities. Supervisory boards are part of these reform processes. However, despite the importance of these boards, surprisingly little is known about their actual work. This article discusses the situation of boards in three European countries: the Netherlands, Austria and the UK. It compares the boards' constitutions with respect to composition, independence, accountability and transparency. Several problems and dilemmas come to the fore. The article concludes by indicating potential areas for improvement in the current board structure and working practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-333
Number of pages17
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number3
Early online date15 Jan 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • comparative study
  • university governance
  • Austria
  • the Netherlands
  • boards


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