The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has published a governance maturity matrix for use by higher education institution boards.
Building on a June 2020 research report from the Further Education Trust for Leadership, the Matrix aims to provide a template to guide college boards to become sources of challenge and support that add value and contribute to improve student outcomes. It focuses on areas such as culture and behaviors, educational mission, finances and resources, purpose and strategy, risks, skills and capabilities, and stakeholder engagement.
It is intended to help boards benchmark themselves against standards at three levels – foundational, maturing and advancing – and to be used as a tool for continuous development to facilitate the journey to a place of governance maturity.
It is intended for use in a variety of scenarios, including:
- internally assess the effectiveness of governance
- as a recruitment tool for governors
- during the skills audit
- develop training and development plans for governance
- plan the annual cycle of council work
- educate management on understanding the role of governance.
ETF Country Governance Development Officer Fiona Chalk said:
“The key to better board performance lies in the working relationship between the board and the executive, in the dynamics of board interactions, and in the competence, integrity and constructive involvement of each member. High performance advice is coherent, competent, coordinated and focused. This maturity matrix aims to provide a template to guide boards to become more impactful.
The matrix is available free of charge on the ETF website. Its implementation will be monitored at a number of colleges to see how it is used and its impact assessed. It will then be reviewed and updated as needed, to ensure that it remains relevant.
Details of the ETF’s wider offering to support leadership in the VET and training sector are available on the Leadership Hub on the ETF website.
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