Harry de Boer

Harry de Boer
University of Twente | UT · Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS)

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The overall objective of the project the Future of Transnational Collaboration in European Higher Education (FUTURETRAC) – commissioned by the Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and carried out by the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Ghent University, Belgium and the Center for Higher Education Policy Studi...
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In this contribution to the Special Issue of Studies in Higher Education, I describe developments during the COVID-19 pandemic in Dutch higher education along three lines. First, the context is outlined in chronological order. It concerns the evolution of the pandemic in the Netherlands, complemented by the general situation at my own university –...
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For several decades, higher education systems have undergone continuous waves of reform, driven by a combination of concerns about the changing labour needs of the economy, competition within the global-knowledge economy, and nationally competitive positioning strategies to enhance the performance of higher education systems. Yet, despite far-rangi...
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Several countries have gained experience with some form of performance agreements in higher education. The Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of the University of Twente has conducted a review of the performance agreements found in three countries: Denmark, the Netherlands and Ontario (Canada) 1. The lessons learned in these three c...
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With regard to the governance structures of European universities, changes have been proposed aimed at their democratic nature, the composition of governing bodies, the degree of centralisation in decision-making and redirecting the balance between collective and individual governing responsibilities. In this article, we address the effects of such...
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In this report, we examine the performance agreements that so far have been used in three different higher education systems, that is: Denmark, Ontario in Canada, and the Netherlands. It reflects the variety in performance agreement systems and includes a Nordic, a continental-European and a North-American system. Our report is mostly descriptive,...
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[Dutch report] The results of the study indicate that the policy instruments used by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science can be improved by using more technology-driven methods of information collection, analysis and processing at various stages of the policy cycle and by better balancing the instruments with a renewed system steering ph...
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Doel van onderzoek (in opdracht van het Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap) was te onderzoeken of de financiële knelpunten die door universiteiten en hogescholen worden gevoeld kunnen worden weggenomen met een aanpassing van de huidige bekostigingssystematiek. Op basis van een uitgebreid literatuuronderzoek, enquêtes en case studies wo...
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Drawing on the model of managerial responses to multiple organisational identities (integration, aggregation, compartmentalisation, deletion and multivocality), this article explores managerial responses in Ukrainian research universities whilst means-ends decoupling takes place at the state level. The latter term implies that practices of state po...
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This chapter proposes to look at the world-class university discourse from a new angle. The established notion of ‘world-class’ is justified by the implicit belief that one can discern clear differences in performance between higher education institutions based on a set of common criteria and a vertically differentiated system. But we will argue th...
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The pursuit to construct " world-class " universities is an ongoing global obsession across the world, which lays emphasis on the development of competitive higher education and research systems as core national economic approach. The portrayal " world-class " is more contextual rather than absolute, the expression " world-class university " has an...
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In using an ideational approach of policy analysis, this chapter describes and analyses the establishment and institutionalisation of a research function as the second core task of the Dutch universities of applied sciences Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the period 2001–2015. The overarching goal of this structural reform is to contribut...
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This chapter presents an analysis of the Danish UNIK initiative ‘Investment Capital for University Research’ (‘Universitetsforskningens Investeringskapital’) established in 2007 and implemented from 2009 to 2014. Specific funding for the UNIK initiative was provided through the Danish Finance Acts of 2008 and 2009, amounting to DKK 480 million (€64...
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Since the 1980s, the modes of governance of public sectors have undergone substantial changes in most of the Western European countries.These public sector wide changes were in many cases inspired and driven by the principles of ‘New Public Management’ (NPM) that can be viewed as one of the global models of world society.This also applies to Polish...
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Over recent decades, ‘autonomy’ has become a buzz word in higher education reform and universities were thought to be empowered to determine their own destiny. This chapter examines the organisational autonomy of universities in Europe. The multidimensional analyses of autonomy show that universities in practice experience considerable decision-mak...
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This article discusses changes with respect to university governance structures in six comprehensive universities in Europe. We present an analytical framework on the basis of which we conduct a comparative analysis of the university governance structures along four different dimensions: (a) the internal democratic nature of the governance structur...
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This chapter starts with a reflection on what we know about structural reforms in higher education. Subsequently, the nature and types of the structural reforms analysed in this volume is explained. The cases are all European reforms in which governmental agencies played a leading role. The reforms aimed either at horizontal differentiation (e.g. i...
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In this chapter, we will first provide a cross-case analysis, followed by the identification of critical elements of higher education reform, presented by policy stage. In doing so, we highlight the importance of the context in which these reforms unfold. We will conclude the chapter by offering a more general reflection on important aspects of (hi...
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Europe Direct is a service to help you find answers to your questions about the European Union. Freephone number (*): 00 8006 7 89 10 11 (*) The information given is free, as are most calls (though some operators, phone boxes or hotels may charge you). Front cover A stylistic illustration of structural reformers contemplating an excellence initiati...
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The idea of the research university as a key institution for social and economic development in knowledge-intensive societies has been adopted by the Ukrainian government after the fall of the communist regime. Establishing research universities is a long journey during which many things might happen. To understand this journey better in the case o...
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This report (in Dutch) includes an inventory of initiatives undertaken by universities and government agencies to strengthen the quality of higher education. It presents brief descriptions of fifty such initiatives from the Netherlands and other countries. Each case includes a description of the objectives of the initiative, the key activities and...
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There is a widespread recognition across Europe, amongst policy-makers, university managers and scholars, that universities’ societal roles (the ‘third mission’) are increasingly important. As universities become increasingly strategically managed, it is perhaps unsurprising that attention has turned towards the strategic management of this third m...
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This report, commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, presents an overview of fourteen higher education systems where some form of performance-based funding (PBF) is in place. In particular, it looks at systems of Performance Agreements between individual higher education institutions and their ministry of education or funding council...
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In light of the recent higher education policy changes in the UK, a scenario study was carried out – based on the Delphi-method – exploring the longer term impact (2025) of the policies on English higher education. The two scenarios are briefly presented below.
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Appropriate governance is seen as a precondition for achieving the goals of maintaining or creating effective, competitive and attractive higher education systems (De Boer et al., 2012; van Vught, 1989a). In response to the challenges stemming from developments such as the emergence of mass higher education, globalization, privatization and fiscal...
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This article investigates the form of European universities to determine the extent to which they resemble the characteristics of complete organizations and whether the forms are associated with modernization policy pressure, national institutional frames and organizational characteristics. An original data set of twenty-six universities from eight...
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Using the theory of reasoned action in combination with the Competing Values Framework of organizational leadership, our study examines how deans at Indonesian universities lead and manage their faculties. Based on a large-scale survey with responses from more than 200 Indonesian deans, the study empirically identifies a number of deanship styles:...
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The main aim of this article is to contribute to the understanding of organizational autonomy and control in higher education reform and related expectations as regards the performance of universities. Our analyses draws on principal-agent models as a normative theory of policy reform, and institutionalist approaches in public policy and institutio...
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The concepts of differentiation and profiling are cornerstones in discussions about the organisation of contemporary higher education systems, following the trends of massification and global competition. This contribution provides a system-level description and comparison of the German and Dutch higher education systems regarding these topics, and...
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A Delphi study has been carried out, soliciting views from higher education experts on likely and desirable developments in English higher education until 2025.The paper reports the most salient findings of the Delphi questionnaire and presents two scenarios that focus largely on the institutional fabric of the system. The first scenario follows th...
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In my contribution I want to mark the contours of a new governance concept in the European higher education context. It concerns the notion of ‘market governance’ that refers to the use of the market mechanism of supply and demand in governance processes. In this governance mode, government interventions are focused on the shaping of a level playin...
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Internationaal vergelijkende studie over de regulering rondom aanpassingen (d.i. introductie, ophefffing) van het opleidingen in het hoger onderwijs in vier landen (Vlaanderen, Duitsland, Engeland en Zweden).
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Nowhere today is higher education undergoing more substantial change than in Europe. As countries pursue policies designed to integrate their economies, political systems and social structures, it is becoming increasingly clear that higher education, research and innovation are critical components to fully realising the potential gains stemming fro...
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Governance systems in higher education have been ‘modernised’ in many European countries. Far-reaching changes have been made to ‘the steering and coordination of interdependent actors based on institutionalised rule systems’ (Benz, 2004). We observe changing relationships between the State, society and universities and many reforms, mostly initiat...
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The volume ‘Reform of Higher Education in Europe’ is published in celebration of CHEPS’ 25th anniversary. All contributors to this book are working at CHEPS, and bring their extensive knowledge of the deep-seated reforms and changes to the field of higher education and research over the last 25 years. The chapters are each devoted to a detailed pol...
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In the light of the Bologna process, traditional degree programmes of research-led universities in the Netherlands have been transformed into 3 year bachelors programmes and 1 or 2 year masters programmes. The Dutch universities of applied sciences (UAS) mainly offer 4 year bachelors programmes. In principle, this UAS bachelors degree qualifies UAS...
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New governance approaches are at the forefront of discussions of public sector reforms, including where they involve academic research where a novel type of institutional environment has been created for most of the actors involved, and also the academic `production unit', be it an individual researcher, a research group, a scientific community, or...
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New governance approaches are at the forefront of discussions of public sector reforms, including where they involve academic research where a novel type of institutional environment has been created for most of the actors involved, and also the academic 'production unit', be it an individual researcher, a research group, a scientific community, or...
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The objective of this chapter is to present an analytical framework that encourages further research on middle management in higher education and that will help us to further understand how universities are being led and managed. It is argued that notwithstanding the contributions in this volume, in general, middle management in higher education is...
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The New Public Management movement promoting private sector management practices in public sector bureaucracies has impacted higher education institutions in many countries, including Australia and the Netherlands. In these two countries, as elsewhere, universities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, financially self-sufficient and innovati...
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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 thr...
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In several countries, the internal governance structures of universities were substantially changed in the 1990s or are currently under discussion. Frequently found designs are those that strengthen executive leadership at the central and middle level of universities. In this article we present three large-scale reforms in Dutch university governan...
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The expectations and demands with respect to teaching and research have been changing for universities due to changes in their institutional environments. Born out of changing national research policies and modern governance arrangements, efficiency, effectiveness and output-oriented cultures have become increasingly important. In this article we a...
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The university as an organization is changing, incorporating elements of private sector management in an academic setting. In these transforming universities middle management has changed as well. In this contribution changes in the role and position of the academic deanship are analysed in more detail. On the basis of a literature review, a descri...
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The outline for this book stresses the importance of the institutional dynamics of the European university and points to its current state of institutional confusion and search for identity. In fact, attempts to delineate some common elements of the multiple transformations of the university point to the unfolding of a most interesting paradox (Krü...
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Over the last decades we have witnessed several changes in public governance. The modes of coordination, the location of governance as well as the styles of governance throughout the Western world have undergone change (Van Kersbergen and Van Waarden 2004). Some of these changes, generally referred to as New Public Management (NPM), ‘consist of del...
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During the last decades traditional state-centered governing arrangements have been critiqued and replaced by alternative modes of governance. These shifts have been driven by economic, ideological and pragmatic motives (Pierre and Peters 2000; Pollitt and Bouckaert 2000). The introduction of alternative ways of exercising collective control and in...
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The annual procession in the Luxemburg town of Echternach is famous for its laborious manner of reaching its end: two steps forward, one step back. In this paper, we will maintain that the policy of the Dutch government over the period of c.1982–2007 resembles an Echternach procession in reverse: every time it took two steps back from control over...
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The annual procession in the Luxemburg town of Echternach is famous for its laborious manner of reaching its end: two steps forward, one step back. In this paper, we will maintain that the policy of the Dutch government over the period of c.1982–2007 resembles an Echternach procession in reverse: every time it took two steps back from control over...
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The Dutch higher education and research system has incrementally changed during the last decade. Several reforms, initiated by the government, have hinted towards influencing the basic processes within universities, such as research programming. However, it is largely unknown how these reforms have been implemented at the university shop floor leve...
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During the past few decades traditional state-centred governing arrangements have been critiqued and replaced by alternative modes of governance. Higher education is one of the public sectors where such shifts in governance have been seen. As a consequence of the reshuffling of authority and responsibilities across the different levels in Dutch hig...
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As one of the first countries in Europe to do so, The Netherlands moved towards a new relationship between the state and the higher education institutions in the mid‐1980s. Autonomy, quality and accountability were key considerations in this move. In 2006 the Dutch government proposed another radical innovation in its approach to higher education g...
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Harry de Boer, Jürgen Enders, Uwe Schimank Since the 1980s the mode of governance has changed considerably in the public sector of many countries. "New public management" (NPM) has been he keyword, and the higher education and research sector - we will speak about the university system in the remainder of this article - has been subjected to it, ju...
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Since the 1990s, "new governance" has been at the forefront of discussions on governance in higher education and elsewhere. "Less government and more governance" has become the widely shared credo (Frederickson 1999:705). Supported by neo-liberal ideologies, authorities and powers have been redistributed across the various levels of higher educatio...
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In 1997 a new governance act, based on the principles of New Public Management (NPM) was introduced at Dutch universities. The aims were to realise integrated management, to strengthen the position of executives at the central (executive board) and faculty (dean) levels, to introduce a Supervisory Board at the institution’s central level, and to in...
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In 1997 a new governance act, based on the principles of New Public Management (NPM) was introduced at Dutch universities. The aims were to realise integrated management, to strengthen the position of executives at the central (executive board) and faculty (dean) levels, to introduce a Supervisory Board at the institution’s central level, and to in...