One in five colleges have not published board minutes in over a year, an FE Week investigation has found.
The news will come as a shock to FE Commissioner Richard Atkins who recently criticised Hull College for being less than transparent by not making its minutes available to staff and stakeholders for the same period of time.
The leaked report said the practice “needs to change” (see below).
And Lord Agnew, the minister responsible for college oversight, said at an event in May that good governance was “something of a personal crusade”.
Although there is no fixed rule on whether colleges must publish their board minutes online – or how frequently – “accountability” is considered a requirement by the Department for Education.
A spokesperson for the DfE said they “expect colleges – like all education institutions – to be open and transparent about their operations”, including “publishing minutes in a timely manner”.
Guidance from the Association of Colleges (AoC) states: “In the spirit of open governance and accountability, approved minutes should be published on the college website”.
FE Week’s analysis was based on an audit of…
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