- Changes to procedure for election of executive head with the creation of specific ‘finding committees’ to run the process
- Shift to ‘system accreditation’ with institutions able to accredit their own study programmes if their institutional systems are assessed positively
Organisational autonomy: medium low
The appointment of executive heads requires approval from the ministry. Basic selection criteria for executive heads are stated in the law. The procedure for the dismissal is stated in the law and confirmation of dismissal by an external authority is required. The law also regulates the exact term of office.
Financial autonomy: medium low
Universities receive block grant funding on a two-year basis with no restrictions on the allocation of funding. The allocation of any surpluses is pre-determined by an external authority. Universities can borrow money but only up to a maximum percentage and only from a specific government-backed bank. Universities cannot own buildings. There are no tuition fees for studying at universities in Brandenburg.
Academic autonomy: high
Universities in Brandenburg negotiate with an external authority on overall student numbers. At Bachelor level admission is co-regulated by universities and an external authority. At Bachelor and Master levels all new degree programmes must be submitted to a prior accreditation or are self-accredited by the university. The termination of degree programmes requires negotiation between universities and an external authority.
Staffing autonomy: medium low
The recruitment of some senior academic staff at some universities is restricted. Decisions on individual staff salaries are restricted and salary bands for senior administrative staff are negotiated with an external authority. Dismissals for all staff are strictly regulated. Both academic and administrative staff can only be promoted if there is a post available at a higher level.
Organisational weighted 58% unweighted 55%
0% Selection procedure for the executive head
The selection of the executive head is validated by an external authority
87% Selection criteria for the executive head
40% Dismissal of the executive head
The dismissal is confirmed by an external authority and the procedure is stated in the law
0% Term of office of the executive head
The exact length is stated in the law
57% External members in university governing bodies
Universities cannot decide as they cannot include external members
100% Capacity to decide on academic structures
Universities can decide on their academic structures without constraints
100% Capacity to create legal entities
Financial weighted 44% unweighted 31%
100% Length of public funding cycle
100% Type of public funding
Block grant and there are no restrictions on the allocation of funding
60% Ability to borrow money
Universities can borrow money up to a maximum percentage
Universities can borrow money from specific banks (designated by an external authority)
This applies to one other country: Sweden