Dynamic and Regulated: About the Permeability of University Boundaries Via the Governance of Studying and Teaching
In the presentation we want to argue, that the dynamics of processes, the involvement of new actors and now formalized integration of stakeholders in quality assurance and the governance of studying and teaching make boundaries of universities as organizations more permeable. However the relatively detailed accreditation regulations and processes settle this permeability of borders in different ways. As a result, the effects of the participation of representatives of the world of work and students are limited. Conversely, the grip of the professoriate on the governance of teaching has increased.
The theoretical basis is a combination of Luhmann’s theory of procedures (1983) and neo-institutional research highlighting the legitimation function. Empirical data was generated in a research project (duration 2014-2017) by document analysis, interviews with stakeholders and representatives of accreditation agencies, a survey among reviewers, and participant observation.