The Functions of Boards of Trustees and their Role in the Autonomy of Public Universities Affiliated to Iran Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology from the Point of View of their Members

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Eznollah Azargashb 1 , * , Hamidreza Arasteh 1 , Zahra Sabaghian 1 , Jafar Towfighi 1

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1 Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 4 (1); e58430
Published Online: July 28, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 22, 2017
Accepted: January 17, 2007

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Abstract

Background & objective: The responsibilities of boards of trustees in Iranian universities are
more restricted comparing to those in the developed countries. Therefore, doing a
comprehensive study in order to develop the functions and authorities of boards of trustees in
Iranian universities is of a great importance. The aim of the present study was to find the
opinions of members of universities’ boards of trustees and councils about the domain of their
responsibilities and their role in the autonomy of public universities affiliated to Iran Ministry of
Sciences, Research and Technology.
Methods: First, a questionnaire consisted of 66 items listing the responsibilities of boards of
trustees in the universities of some other countries was prepared. Then, by using stratified
random sampling 20 universities were selected and their members of boards of trustees and
councils were asked to indicate their level of agreement for the 66 listed items of the prepared
questionnaire as well as their opinions about the universities’ autonomy and role of boards of
trustees in this regard.
Results: From 230 respondents, 83% agreed with the appropriateness of 55 functions for boards
of trustees in Iranian universities. Means (±SD) of agreement with listed functions, universities
autonomy and role of boards of trustees in it were respectively 3.60 (±0.59), 3.49 (±0.65), and
3.18 (±0.72) that all are significantly higher than the accepted levels (p<0.001). There was no
significant difference between the members of boards of trustees and councils in regard to the
appropriateness of the listed functions. In whole, the appropriateness of the listed functions for
boards of trustees in Iranian universities, autonomy of universities and role of boards of trustees
in this relation were approved respectively by 83%, 86.7% and 76.5% of the respondents.
Conclusion: In order to give more autonomy to the universities, it is recommended that the
functions of boards of trustees in Iran universities to be reviewed and modified by using the
appropriate agreed functions yielded in this research.

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Board of trustees Functions University autonomy

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