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Title:Leadership in Kenyan public universities and the challenges of autonomy and academic freedom: an overview of trends since independence
Author:Sifuna, Daniel N.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Geographic term:Kenya
educational management
academic freedom
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/jhigheducafri.10.1.121
Abstract:It is the contention of this article that leadership, governance and management are key components in addressing the major challenges that face African universities in general and Kenyan universities in particular. Such challenges range from the function of the university, underfunding, and infrastructure to globalization trends. These issues would be adequately addressed through committed and expert leadership that operates in an environment that guarantees autonomy and academic freedom of the institution, to provide for the delivery of quality service and accountability. However, on the basis of examples from Kenyan public universities, the article demonstrates a complete lack of these key ingredients and, hence, continued poor performance of the institutions. To address the many challenges being faced by higher education, an innovative organizational and leadership approach is required which taps into the individual and collective stakeholder creativeness and competencies in pursuit of core university functions. Increased democratization and participatory decisionmaking based on mutual gains among the university system components will need to be researched and utilized. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]