Universities supposedly have adopted a more corporate approach – but most corporate board members have expertise in the area their company operates in and are more accountable to shareholders.
Ironically, a bit more of the right kind of corporatisation might help remedy the worst aspects of the current model of corporatised universities.
Decades of legislative change made the councils that govern universities more like corporate boards and less accountable to academic communities. The problems this created are coming home to roost.
An open letter, signed by more than 600 academics, is calling on state and federal education ministers to ensure universities change their hierarchical corporate structure.
Councils matter to the character and success of a university. But do their members truly represent staff and students?