What are the principles of the reform process?
Three fundamental principles guide the QU reform process; autonomy, decentralization, and accountability, each contributing uniquely towards a balance of steady and effective reform.
1. Autonomy. This first goal of the reform has been accomplished. It aimed to make QU an autonomous institution with a Board of Regents that directly reports to the Emir. This critical step signifies that the University is authorized to govern itself in all respects, e.g., manage all finances, hire all personnel, approve the mission and vision statements, etc. Without autonomy, it would be impossible to accomplish the other goals of the reform process. It is therefore noteworthy that this step is a primary and fundamental accomplishment, and stage of the reform.
2. Decentralization. The second principle that drives the reform process is that the authority and responsibility related to tasks should be delegated to the unit(s) responsible for carrying out the function in question. This means that program, department, and college administrators should have the ability to make a number of decisions that affect their units. Consequently, they should also have control over an appropriate budget, be able to assist in personnel decisions that affect their units, and propose changes in curricula, including assessment policies.
3. Accountability. While the Senior Reform Committee members agreed that the modern university cannot be effectively or efficiently managed solely from the top down, decentralization invokes the necessity to develop new accountability mechanisms that provide a system of checks and balances. These policies and procedures are based on the assumption that the freedom to make decisions (that are in accordance with the University’s policies, procedures and operating principles) brings a responsibility for assessment and evaluation of the level of performance achieved. Therefore, new policies and procedures are required for faculty and administrative evaluation and budget controls, as well as for venues to review personnel, policy and procedural decisions. Furthermore, accountability requires new compensation policies to implement the results of the assessment and evaluations.