Governance Autonomy, administrative autonomy, academic autonomy, financial autonomy, degrees of autonomy, higher education governance

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Degrees of Autonomy: A comparative analysis of governance autonomy for private, faith-based and public universities in Malawi

Dennis J R Matekenya, PhD


Country Director: Adventist Development and Relief Agency – Malawi.
Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8933-1823

Author’s Email: dennis.matekenya(at)adra.org.mw

 

Dennis J R Matekenya


Article Number: IJEPRR.23.003  |   Pages: 33-43  |   Vol. 10 (1), February 2023   |   DOI: https://doi.org/10.15739/IJEPRR.23.003

 Received: December 12, 2022  Accepted: January 19, 2023  Published: February 2, 2023

Abstract

Governance autonomy of university councils depicts the ability for self-regulation, self-determination, and self-directing. This study was about establishing the perceptions of the degrees of autonomy private, faith-based, and public universities in Malawi. The ability of the universities to be able to attract resources, research grants, high calibre faculty and administrators has much to do with the perceptions of their autonomy from interference of shareholders and special interest groups. This research collected data from 130 academicians and higher education administrators to assess the perceptions about autonomy and how they compare between the three categories of universities. Through non-probability research design, employing purposive sampling techniques, data collection through Survey Monkey© and Analysis of Variances (ANOVA) using SPSS©, the research demonstrated that the mean score for autonomy of these three kinds of universities is not significantly different. The study also demonstrated that administrative, academic, and financial autonomy of private, faith-based, and public universities is not significantly different. This means that the perceptions of governance autonomy for these categories of universities are statistically similar. This also means that regulators and operators of institutions of higher education must use similar governance framework and follow the same governance principles although the universities are different in terms of structure and proprietorship.

Keywords:

Governance Autonomy, administrative autonomy, academic autonomy, financial autonomy, degrees of autonomy, higher education governance

How to Cite this Article

Matekenya DJR (2023). Degrees of Autonomy: A comparative analysis of governance autonomy for private, faith-based and public universities in Malawi.Int. J. Educ. Pol. Res. Rev. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15739/IJEPRR.23.003

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