Accountability in the Governance of Universities

By Vaishali Narula.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Accountability and autonomy dominate the governance of higher education system. Universities across the world are being guided by the idea of knowledge economies with market orientation. The paper attempts to explore the changes in the functioning of public universities with the logic of market forces which is steered by new managerialism. This has brought a shift from the traditional role of university to commoditization and commercialization of higher education. Under neo-liberalism the university governance is guided by the
market model which is primarily governed by the public choice framework. Therefore the concept of universities as knowledge producing institutions is now guided by the economic benefit or as we might describe it in terms of
inputs and outputs. The notion of accountability in higher education is not a simple one. It behooves us, therefore, to consider the broader ramifications of institutional accountability and the controversies engendered by its
many dimensions and meanings. An attempt has been made to examine the conceptual framework for institutional accountability within a larger context of globalization and New Public Management.

Keywords: Accountability, Governance, University

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.71-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 983.644KB).

Vaishali Narula

Research Scholar, Department of Higher Education, National University of Education Planning and Adminstration, Delhi, Delhi, India

Presently a Research scholar with National University of Education Planning & Adminstration, Delhi, India. Visiting Faculty with Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University, Delhi, India.

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