Governance and Transformations of Universities in Africa

A Global Perspective

Edited by:
Fredrick. M. Nafukho, Texas A&M University
Helen M. A. Muyia, Texas A&M University
Beverly Irby, Texas A&M University

A volume in the series: International Higher Education. Editor(s): Fredrick. M. Nafukho, Texas A&M University. Beverly Irby, Texas A&M University.

Published 2014

While universities world over are undergoing reforms and change, in the case of African universities as illustrated in this book, the reforms and changes are profound and can best be described as transformative. This book is unique in many ways, which makes it extraordinary. First, unlike other books that have examined issues on higher education in Africa from externalist positions, the contributors to this book are scholars who have been educated, are currently teaching in African universities or have taught in African universities. The book specifically focuses on transformations in the governance of African universities and its implications on equity, entrepreneurship, innovation, quality assurance, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and reform issues in higher education in Africa.

The book presents pertinent research on governance in African universities in an experiential and empirical manner. The contributors of the book chapters include individuals actively involved in teaching, researching and governance of higher education institutions in Africa. The chapters are based on empirical data, including review of relevant literature. The book also recognizes that university governance is more than just crisis in financial or economic issues, but includes best management practices, shared governance, meaningful reforms, strategic planning, consultation, transparency and accountability, client (students, lecturers, parents and the public) satisfaction, as well as the role of the university in development.

The contributions take cognizance of the fact that governance as a concept is facing fundamental changes in the context of global knowledge economy, and African local conditions. Contributors also take cognizance of the fact that one important source of change in Africa has been the accelerating speed of scientific and technological advancement in learning at universities where lifelong learning programs, adult learning programs, distance and online learning are relatively new. The chapters are also sensitive to new changes in gender, demographical, technological, education reforms, social and economic transformations in the governance of African universities. The book is basically an academic book for use by undergraduates and graduate students at universities, policy makers and formulators in African ministries of Education; supra national organizations, foreign organizations working in Africa, NGOs and CBOs as well as development stakeholders, and community organizers.

Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction, Fredrick M. Nafukho and Beverly J. Irby. Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Transformations of African Universities, Fredrick M. Nafukho and Helen M. A. Muyia. Social Capital Theory and Implications for Governing Resource Accumulation in the African University, Jane Nyakecho Omalla Khayesi. The Role of the Alumni in the Governance and Financing of Universities in Africa, Fredrick Q. Gravenir. Governance of Public Universities in Kenya: A Scholar-Practitioner’s Perspective, Olive M. Mugenda. The Role of Program Coordinators in the Management of Universities: A Perspective From a Private University, Damary Sikalieh. Organization and Governance of African Universities: The Case of Cameroon, Margaret Khumbah Mbeseha. Professional Development of Mathematics and Science Teachers: The Role of Universities in Kenya, John Mungai Njoroge and Sophy Njoki Njiru. Reexamining External Examination Practice in Undergraduate Education in Kenya’s Public Universities: Issues and Challenges, George Okoth Jawuor, George Onyango Adino, and Norbert Ogeta. Reforms and Innovations in Teacher Education: Facilitator of Access, Quality, and Equity as Emerging Issues in Education in Kenya, Patrick A. Kafu and Genvieve N. Simwelo. Organization of Teaching Practice (TP) for Teacher Trainees in Kenyan Universities: Which Way? Dickson S. O. Owiti. A Curriculum That Links Education to Industry to Meet the Demands of the Kenya Vision 2030, Misia M. M. Kadenyi and Florence Kanorio Kisirkoi. Gender Policy as a Management Strategy in Education, Lillian Otieno-Omutoko and Phoebe Mwaura. Research in Institutions of Higher Education in Africa: Challenges and Prospects, Florence Muthoni Itegi and Felicita Wanjiru Njuguna. About the Contributors.